Microsoft announced in January 2016 that it will no longer support versions 8, 9 or 10 of Internet Explorer with necessary updates. These include vital updates to ensure the web browser is secure to use.
If you use Internet Explorer 8, 9 or 10, you must upgrade to a newer browser.
Windows 7, 8 or 10
If you run Windows 7, 8 or 10, you can update to the latest version of Internet Explorer, version 11.
Microsoft has released a new web browser, named Edge. However, for the time being, the Edge browser is only available for Windows 10 users.
Windows XP or Vista
Unfortunately, the latest version of Internet Explorer isn’t compatible with Windows Vista, which can’t go beyond version 9. You will need to install an alternative web browser (see below) in order to access the internet safely using Windows Vista.
If you use Windows XP, the operating system itself is no longer supported by Microsoft. If you're still running Windows XP, it isn't secure to access the internet, no matter which browser you use - you must update your operating system.
Alternative web browsers
No matter which operating system you use, you’re not limited to Internet Explorer only, of course. You can install and run the latest version of Chrome or Firefox as an alternative browser - although Chrome is no longer an option for Vista users, so Firefox is the only Vista choice. Windows 10 users also have the option of the Edge browser.