Are you a user of the Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser? If so, it might be a good idea to make sure you’ve updated to the latest version. Microsoft has announced that, as of January 12, 2016, only the current version of IE will receive technical support and security updates. That means if you’re using Windows 7 or later, you need to make sure you’ve upgraded to IE 11.
This is great information for every Windows user to act on, but it’s especially important for those engaged in business travel. Many of the most common travel technology and online booking tools will drop support for older Internet Explorer browsers in preparation for Microsoft’s January deadline. Concur, for instance, announced last week that it will only support the Internet Explorer 8 and 9 through February 2016.
In addition to ensuring you receive important software updates that can help address potential security vulnerabilities, upgrading to the latest browser also give you the best chance at compatibility with modern web applications. You’ll usually have a better web browsing experience on current browsers. TravelandTransport.com, for instance, looks and works much better on IE 11 (as well as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Safari) than on older Internet Explorer browsers.
If you’re not sure what version of IE you’re using, it’s easy to check. You can either go to the Help menu and choose “About Internet Explorer”, or if you don’t have a Help menu in your browser, click the gear symbol in the upper right corner and choose “About Internet Explorer”. You’ll get a pop-up that shows the version number.
If you’re on your own personal computer it’s easy to upgrade. You can do so through your PC’s Microsoft Update tool or you can go here to download IE 11 directly. If you’re using a company PC and it appears you’ve got an older browser, check with your company’s help desk or technology support staff to find out what plan there is for upgrading.