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Why you need to upgrade from Internet Explorer 10

About Internet Explorer 10

Internet Explorer is Microsoft's longtime Web browser, which debuted in 1995 as part of Microsoft Windows. Later, you could download Internet Explorer as a standalone Web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Xbox 360. But in 2015 Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 11 would be the final version and that Microsoft Edge is now the default browser for Windows 10.

As of January 2016, if you're using Windows 7, 8.1, or 10, Microsoft will no longer support or offer security updates for Internet Explorer 10 and all previous versions. (If you're on Vista or another OS, check Microsoft's Internet Explorer support lifecycle.)

Internet Explorer 11 will continue to get updates for as long as Microsoft supports the version of Windows that IE is installed on.

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Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge FAQs

  • Can I still run Internet Explorer 11?

    In Windows 10, Internet Explorer 11 is no longer the default browser. It's present in the background, because many applications still use parts of it. And you can still run Internet Explorer if you prefer.

  • How do I make Internet Explorer the default or create a shortcut?

    To make IE the default, press the Windows key, type "Default apps," and press the Enter key. Scroll down to Web Browser and click it to open a menu of your installed Web browsers.

    If you don't want Internet Explorer as your default browser but want to make it more accessible, add a shortcut to IE on your desktop. Press the Windows key, type "Internet Explorer," right-click the search result, and select Pin to Start or Pin to Taskbar.

  • What is the difference between Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer?

    Microsoft has pegged Edge as the future of Windows Web browsing, so it's worth your while to give it a try. A few of its key features, which you won't find in IE:

    • Touch-friendly UI: Internet Explorer's user interface was optimized for mouse and keyboard, but Edge's address bar and top buttons have been fattened up for touch navigation. Each tab has a large X for closing the tab, and the Refresh button has been moved out of the address bar and put next to the Back and Forward buttons.
    • Write on the Web: Click the Make a Web Note button and you can use your mouse or finger like a pen, drawing notes on any webpage.
    • Browser add-ons: With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Edge has begun to get browser extensions, including AdBlock Plus and LastPass. You can read more about about Microsoft Edge.

Joshua Rotter is a copy editor for and covers iOS.