NOTICE: Microsoft ending support for Internet Explorer versions before 11

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

This message is intended for U-M IT staff who are responsible for university machines with Microsoft Internet Explorer installed. It may also be of interest to anyone who uses Internet Explorer. This message was sent to U-M IT staff groups on January 5, 2016.

Summary: 

Microsoft has announced that support for versions of Internet Explorer (IE) prior to version 11 will end on January 12, 2016. Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for older versions of IE. IE users should update to version 11 as soon as reasonably possible.

Affected Versions: 

All versions of Microsoft IE before version 11.

Action Items: 

Update Microsoft IE to version 11 as soon as possible after appropriate testing. Be aware that some systems may not be compatible with IE 11. (See ITS Web Browser and Desktop Operating System Support and check compatibility with departmental and other services.)

Threats: 

Any security vulnerabilities identified after January 12 in IE 10 and earlier will not be addressed. This will leave users of those versions at risk from exploits of any newly identified vulnerabilities.

Information for Users: 

MiWorkspace machines with Internet Explorer (IE) have been upgraded to IE 11 where possible. Machines that must run applications that are incompatible with IE 11 have not yet been upgraded but are being carefully managed. Those machines will be upgraded when the application vendors release versions that are compatible with IE 11.

If you have Microsoft IE installed on your own devices that are not managed by the university, upgrade to version 11. It is best to set IE to update automatically.

In general, the best protection for your devices is this: keep your software and apps up-to-date, do not click suspicious links in email, do not open email attachments unless you are expecting them and trust the person who sent them, and only use secure, trusted networks. For more information, see Spam, Phishing, and Suspicious Email, Instructions for Securing Your Devices and Data, and Use a Secure Internet Connection on the U-M Safe Computing website.

Questions, Concerns, Reports: 

Please contact iia.inform@umich.edu.