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We know that Spartan will be a more stripped down (aka “minimalist”) browser, which, in theory, could mean a smaller attack surface.

There hasn’t been a lot put out there about Spartan’s security features, although we have heard that it will support HTTP Strict Transport Security, which tells the browser to always use SSL when visiting specific web sites.

A study conducted by the Ponemon Institute showed that a majority (55 percent) of malicious software attacks were accomplished by exploiting web browser vulnerabilities, with more than 75 percent of enterprises having been infected with malware through insecure web browsers.

All in all, then, pulling support for older browsers that can’t be properly secured is a smart move on Microsoft’s part.

Unlike Microsoft’s usual practice of releasing versions for some of its older operating systems when it comes out with a new version of IE, you’ll have to upgrade the OS to get Spartan.

The good news is that for those using Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1, the upgrade to Windows 10 will be free, at least for the first year after it’s released.

Deb is owner and CEO of TACteam (Training, Authoring and Consulting) and has contracted with Microsoft, Intel, HP, Prowess Consulting, Sunbelt Software, GFI Software, Configure Soft, 2X Software and other software and hardware companies.

Although a small percentage, that’s still a significant number of folks who are using an unsupported browser. Computer World reported last month that over half of all users of IE (a whopping 60 percent) are currently running browser versions that will become obsolete within less than a year.

That’s because Microsoft, in an attempt to end some of the chaos and confusion – and security nightmares – caused by all the different versions of the browser, announced almost a year ago that beginning at the first of next year (January 2016), the company will support only the most recent version of IE that is available for each operating system. IE 9 will be supported only on Windows Vista and Server 2008, and IE 10 will be supported only on Windows Server 2012.

Internet Explorer is currently in its 11th iteration, but there are still many computer users who are running older versions of IE.

Net Market Share estimates that almost one percent of total web browser users are still on IE 6.0.

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