There has been a lot of discussion here at the Allen School blog lately about the impact of Microsoft’s phase out of Windows XP and the imminent farewell to support for Windows Vista and 7. These are important issues that impact medical billing online students who connect to their school and studies over a computer/internet connection. Well, it would seem the good folks from the house that Bill Gates built in Redmond, WA are not quite done making you update your computer systems. Microsoft’s popular Internet Explorer (or IE as it is often referred to) software is the internet browser run by a solid majority of internet users world wide. While this blogger favors other browsers (like Firefox or Chrome) we won’t be doing a comparison article today. It is enough to simply point out that Microsoft has updated IE numerous times with the most current iteration, Version 11 being the latest and greatest. But according to tech site the Verge, “Microsoft is planning to force Windows users onto the latest supported versions of Internet Explorer. The change will take effect on January 12th, 2016, meaning Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will need to be running Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving updates. If Internet Explorer 12 or even version 13 debuts before January 12th, 2016 and it supports Windows 7 and Windows 8, then those users will need to upgrade to the very latest. Microsoft’s change means Internet Explorer 8 and 10 will no longer be supported on consumer versions of Windows after January 12th, 2016.” Read the whole article here for details. So if you’re considering upgrading your operating system as we’ve discussed in recent posts here and here, you may also wish to consider updating your IE version as well. Doing all of this is certainly a hassle, but it has the great benefit of keeping your computer running fast and safe from viruses and hackers.