Internet Explorer might have been around since 1995 but sadly, its days are numbered.

At the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft announced that the long-running web browser would be replaced by a brand new alternative called Microsoft Edge.

However, Internet Explorer isn’t waving goodbye just yet.

Which version of Internet Explorer is still supported?

Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is the last supported version of the software.

There is a small exception if you’re using Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (SP2) though. On this operating system, Internet Explorer 9 is still supported, but this is only on Vista. See which version of Internet Explorer you can use on your operating system below:

Internet Explorer support

When does support for Internet Explorer end?

Microsoft will continue to support the most recent version of Internet Explorer for as long as your machine is also supported.

So, for example, extended support for Windows 7 runs out on January 14, 2020. On the same day, Internet Explorer 11 support will expire too.

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As Microsoft states on its support page: “Internet Explorer is a component of the Windows operating system and the most current version will continue to follow the specific support lifecycle policy for the operating system on which it is installed. Internet Explorer 11 will be supported for the life of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.”

Therefore, Internet Explorer 11 could live on for quite a while longer, considering that Windows 10 will be supported until October 14, 2025.

See how long Internet Explorer will be supported on your PC below:

Windows lifecycle sheet

Remember, if you’re using Internet Explorer on older versions of Windows you’re exposing yourself to greater risks because lack of support means Microsoft aren’t releasing any patches for security holes that appear. This puts your PC and personal data at severe risk.

Find out which web browsers are supported for your operating system by clicking here and watching the video below: