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Microsoft throws in the towel on Internet Explorer

Microsoft has confirmed that it is to discontinue support for its once all mighty Internet Explorer software and cease development of any new iterations as it focusses on its newly launched Edge software.

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The decision means IE 11 will go down in history as the last version of the venerable line of software, its users can count on continued bug fixes from Microsoft for a while longer - although users of earlier editions are not so fortunate, with IE editions 8,9 and 10 being discontinued from 12 January.

This places users of the outdated software, estimated at up to 20 per cent of the web browsing public, at increased risk of malware and cyber attacks.

Edge was launched last year in conjunction with Windows 10 as its default browser and is considered to be a significant improvement on its predecessor even if its branding and look are near identical.