Microsoft’s recently announced that Internet Explorer will start to die next month – and that will cause a unique problem for a small number of Hertfordshire businesses.
The 25-year-old web browser will no longer be supported from November. And will then be killed off for good in August next year.
It only has 1.6% market share in the UK (compared to 49% for Chrome). Yet it’s still critical for a small number of legacy applications.
“We’ve seen businesses rely on old software, which in turn relies on Internet Explorer,” explained local IT support expert Gavin Bush, of GCIS.
“Especially for manufacturing, engineering and specialist companies that use older machines powered by older software. Internet Explorer is vital to them.
“Often they use these machines every day. They’re business critical. If they suddenly stop working, that’s going to cause some major problems for these businesses.”
Gavin recommends that any Hertfordshire business relying on older machines have a full IT audit now.
And don’t leave it until spring next year.
He added: “Taking action now gives these businesses a 10 month head start on any major changes they need to make. That means more options and less stress for the owners and managers.”
GCIS was formed in 2001, and now looks after hundreds of local businesses in the Hertfordshire area.