Microsoft to end support for IE 11 in Microsoft 365

Many Computing Center clients use Microsoft 365 applications along with Internet Explorer (IE 11). Some clients integrate IE 11 iwith other 3rd party applications.  Microsoft is planning on discontinuing support for IE 11 and Microsoft 365 in August 2021. It's evident that from a Microsoft perspective, they are supporting Microsoft Edge as their primary browser application going forward.  Below is their general announcement. If you drill down into the links there is further detail.  We can assist you with the transition to Microsoft Edge or any other browser application that will best integrate with your business or organization and users.

 As communicated in MC220490 (August ’20), Microsoft 365 apps and services will be focusing their efforts on modern browser support over the coming year. As a result, Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) after August 17, 2021; after this date, Microsoft 365 apps and services will be unable to connect, or have a degraded feature experience, when accessed on IE11.

For a full list of Microsoft apps with intentions to end support on IE11, please see this Docs page. 

Please note: The IE 11 changes are specific to Microsoft 365 apps and services. IE 11 remains a supported browser as a component of the Windows operating system and will follow the Lifecycle Policy for the product on which it is installed. 

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Upgrading from Windows 7! Getting it Done!

We've been discussing, licensing, installing, upgrading, and implementing, new Winodws 10 Operating Systems to replace Windows 7 systems most of this year.  However, there are many systems that haven't been upgraded or replaced. It's not too late to get it done, but time is running short.

It’s still coming whether we like it or not: Windows 7 End of Life. If your organization is still running Windows 7, what can you expect? Is this truly the end of Windows 7, and should you upgrade?

The answer, realistically, is yes. It’s a smart move to upgrade now, for security and stability.

Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended in 2015. Extended support ends on January 14, 2020. Windows 7 is now end-of-life. It will not be supported, nor will it receive regular patches and security updates.

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Windows 10 - More Choices for Updates

 Many clients are in the midst of updating or replacing with PC systems using Windows 10. Microsoft has been improving update messaging so users aren't interrupting important updates. If you're not sure or have questions, we can help. 

Thanks to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you’ll see fewer interruptions when Windows updates.

Now you have the option to let Windows Update adjust active hours based on you device-specific usage patterns.

We know that sometimes, updates can come at inconvenient times. So, now you’ll be able to pause both feature and monthly updates for up to 35 days (seven days at a time, up to five times).

And when there’s an update requiring you to restart your device, you’ll see a new notification: a colored dot on the Power button in the Start menu and on the Windows icon in your taskbar.

Check it out in action:

 

The Latest Microsoft Windows 10 Updates

Microsoft Windows 10 has been available since 2015! Here are a number of new features and updates which have recently become available.

Here’s what you need to know

Microsoft is turning Windows 10 into a SaaS offering, rolling out new features and updates early and often. We’ve seen six major updates to the OS since its initial release in 2015; next up is the May 2019 Update (aka build 18894), which the general public could download beginning at the end of May.
Here’s a highlight reel of the new Windows 10 features you’ll be able to access soon, as well as a few more interesting things Microsoft has coming later this year.

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Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 End of Life

If you or your organization have computers running Microsoft Windows 7 or servers running Windows Server 8 or are still using Exchange 2010, this is for you and it's important. Microsoft support for these products end in January 2020. Now is the time to make plans to get these products updated or replaced.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are popular and well-loved — and they’re completely unsupported after January 2020. Have you prepared to upgrade or replace this products yet?

When Windows 7 reaches end of life and end of support in six months, it will no longer be a secure, compliant operating system. Microsoft will no longer releases updates or security patches. If you continue using it, you will be putting your data at risk. Hackers love to target unsupported applications and take advantage of vulnerabilities in legacy software. You don’t want to be in the cross-hairs.

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