Okay, Internet Explorers: listen up. If you’re using a version 10 of the web browser or below, you have only a few weeks to upgrade to a newer version. As of January 2016, Microsoft will drop support, meaning you’ll be more vulnerable to hacks and other cyber-attacks.
Microsoft has issued reminders to users to remind them to switch to the newest version of its long-standing web browser, Internet Explorer 11. Preferably, it'd like you to start using its new browser Microsoft Edge. The company has said it will stop releasing security patches for earlier versions after 12 January next year.
Millions of people - and many businesses - around the world are still using old versions of Internet Explorer, particularly versions 9 and 10. A lack of support from Microsoft means they'll be increasingly at risk from exploits - and there will be plenty of nefarious people willing to take advantage of that.
The company stresses that Internet Explorer 11 and Edge are both far more secure than its previous browsers, and offer improved performance.
It's certainly keen to get people to upgrade, and plans to ultimately retire Internet Explorer altogether in favour of Edge. Its latest reminder states: "Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports and security updates.
"Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10."