Friday, December 18, 2015

Deadline is Near for your IE Upgrade - Office 365

I wrote a blog post last year February referencing MVP Tony Redmond's blog post on End of Life for IE8 browser and suggested to upgrade to IE11.  Also I had updated that article referencing Redmond magazine blog post which points to IE Team Blog post "Stay up-to-date with Internet Explorer" explaining the support policy for IE browsers.

As stated in the IE Team blog post, "After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates" Upgrading to IE 11 now becomes mandatory as we are near to the deadline and Microsoft team recently published a knowledge base article on the new "End of Life" upgrade notification feature that will be delivered in the January 12, 2016, cumulative security update.

Review the Support article here: The new "End of Life" upgrade notification for Internet Explorer

As stated in the article if you have not yet upgraded to IE11, you can disable the notifications temporarily and plan for a upgrade soon.

Office 365 System requirements page is updated to reflect the same,

"Beginning January 12, 2016, we are implementing changes across Office 365 workloads, which will result in a significantly diminished experience for Office 365 users on Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9.” 

Review the Office 365 system requirements page here for more details:

Microsoft recommends the usage of current or immediately previous version of Internet Explorer; the current version of Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome, or Firefox as supported web clients and if the browser clients are legacy there will see diminished performance.

If your Organization is still using Legacy IE browsers, you can obtain the browser usage report from Office 365 portal as a start, Generate the complete report to identify full set of users by connecting to Office 365 service using remote PowerShell as explained in the below article.

View browser or operating system usage reports for Office 365

Refer related blog post on this Topic from MVP Tony Redmond here: IE9 to deliver "diminished experience" for Office 365 users from January 12

Start your upgrade soon... "Time and Tide wait for none"...

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