Microsoft to End Support for IE versions 7, 8, 9 and 10, January 12th 2016
Microsoft will be discontinuing support for Internet Explorer versions 7, 8, 9 and 10. While these products may remain functional on your computer, security fixes will no longer be available for them after January 12th, 2016. What this means is that while still usable, these browsers may become huge security risks for users, as hackers can easily exploit known security issues since they will no longer be patched.
Microsoft suggests that users upgrade to either IE 11 or the Edge browser in order to continue to get security updates. If you choose to use the Edge browser, you will have to update to Windows 10. You can find tips on migrating your system here.
While performing software updates can seem like a nuisance, they are a vital necessity to the security of your devices. You should always update any software when updates become available. These software updates perform bug fixes and patch vital security holes in software that is vulnerable.