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Nearly 370 million IE users have just 6 weeks to upgrade

Gregg Keizer | Dec. 2, 2015
Jan. 12 deadline to upgrade to IE11 -- or face patch shutoff -- looms

Companies that require older editions of IE to run Web apps or services can upgrade to IE11, then rely on that browser's Enterprise Mode to mimic the older versions' rendering engines. Last week, Microsoft announced some enhancements to Enterprise Mode, including support for HTTP ports, and issued a kit that walks IT administrators through the chore of configuring Enterprise Mode. That kit can be downloaded from here.

Another option for laggards who need backward compatibility with aged apps and services is to upgrade to IE11 but deploy Browsium Ion, an add-on that lets IT administrators enable legacy IE-dependent apps in IE11. In a recent interview, Gary Schare, president of Browsium, admitted that Microsoft's IE11-or-else edict had been good for business.

"We've seen an uptick," Schare said. "Most of our business is in IE11 migration. Companies are attempting to beat the deadline, and they come to us when they have a number of legacy apps and they've run out of alternatives."

Consumers with a version of IE on the hit list and able to run IE11 on their PCs can download the browser from Microsoft's website.


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