Who would have thought! It was around three years back that Microsoft announced the death of all older versions of Internet Explorer, including 8, 9 and 10.
That left IE 11 on as the only supported version of the browser, as focused shifted to Microsoft Edge.
This was no problem for most people, as Internet Explorer 11 was made available for Windows 7 users, as well as those who upgraded to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8. That, obviously, meant some versions of the operating system were left out cold.
Microsoft had to continue to support IE 10 on these flavors of the OS that were not updated to IE 11.
In some cases, it was not as easy to update the operating system to a newer release that shipped with the newer browser. Two notable versions that missed out here are Windows Embedded 8 and Windows Server 2012.
Now, the company is addressing this problem by making Internet Explorer 11 available as a separate update for these two versions of the operating system.
If you, or your organization, is running these two versions, then the update will be available in the spring of 2019 as a download from either Windows Update or Windows Update Catalog — only the classic desktop program only, not the modern app experience, in case you’re wondering.
That’s not to say these users have a long drive in store for them in terms of upgrading their setups.
After the release this spring, they will have until January of next year to move to the next browser. Beyond this point, Internet Explorer 10 will no longer receive updates or any kind of support, free or paid, from Microsoft.
For that reason, the company recommends users and organization to begin piloting IE 11 prior to this transition next January.