Microsoft is no longer supporting Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10. This means that there will be no more bug fixes or security updates coming to these versions of Internet Explorer.

There are a few browser options that would help make sure you’re secure online once the updates stop coming for the older versions of Internet Explorer. Obviously, there’s one we’d recommend in particular …

5 reasons why Opera is a great alternative browser for Windows users

IE is shutting down

Opera is super fast.

Recently, Opera was named the fastest browser in an independent test by PC World. See the speed in action for yourself!

Opera keeps you safer online.

Opera makes sure you are protected from web threats. Moreover, once a new version is available, you get an automatic update with the latest security improvements and new features.

Opera looks great.

We believe that the way your browser looks like really matters. That’s why we hire legendary designers, who work on our elegant and refined interface. You can also add a bit of your own style by changing the browser theme.

Opera is easy to customize

You can choose from almost 2000 extensions to add additional features to the browser – for example, social-network notifications and sidebar notes among many more.


Something special …

Our browser features extras that you will find only in Opera, like the new Opera Turbo, which helps you browse faster even on slow networks and our redesigned news feed, which will bring you interesting articles straight to your start page.

How to import bookmarks and other settings

Migrating to Opera from another browser is really easy. When you run it for the first time, you’ll be prompted to automatically import your bookmarks and other settings from Internet Explorer.

How to make Opera the default browser on Windows

Here’s the quickest way to do it – open the Opera settings and hit the button Make Opera my default browser.

If you’re running Windows 10, you can find more detailed instructions in this blog post.

Are any of your friends still using earlier versions of Internet Explorer? Spread the word about our alternative solution for them to browse faster, easier and more securely. Opera for Windows has all you need to do more on the web.


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  • gld59

    Not quite accurate – they’re ending support for all but the latest version on any particular combination of Windows version and CPU architecture. On normal desktop versions of Windows (not server or embedded), the only two remaining supported versions of IE will be 9 (on Vista) and 11 (on 7, 8.1 and 10). If you include server versions of Windows, they’ll still be supporting IE 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

    At the moment there are 43 supported pre-Windows 10 combinations. Next week is the end for 27 of these (including IE 10 on Windows 8). If you *really* want to check, point IE (because ActiveX) at the Microsoft Update Catalog and search for 3104002 (the IE cumulative update for December 2015). The list looks slightly less horrible if you then click on the Product heading to sort the results.

    • Slawek Sochaj

      Hi, here is the statement of Microsoft: It says: “After January 12, 2016, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for older versions of Internet Explorer.”

      • gld59

        But back in the first sentence of their article, they set the context for the sentence you’ve quoted, by saying in more detail: “Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet
        Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive
        technical supports and security updates.” They then, perhaps misleadingly, go on to *explicitly mention* only Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, which makes it easy to infer that IE 11 will be the only supported version on any platform – it’s just that they haven’t mentioned Vista, Server (2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, and whatever the Win10 equivalent is called), or XP Embedded.

        As is common with organisations the size of Microsoft, the information they’ve provided isn’t actually *incorrect*, but it is a little incomplete and therefore not as useful as it could/should be. 😛 Someone more unkind might say it was therefore *inaccurate*. 😉

    • Michał Gołębiowski

      The FAQ site about this strategy change has a good table: I compiled it together with EOL dates of various Windows versions and got this list:

      IE 9: 2017-04-11 (Windows Vista)
      IE 11:
      – 2023-01-10 (Windows 8.1)
      – ????-??-?? (Windows 10)

      IE 7: 2016-04-12 (Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS))
      IE 8:
      – 2017-01-10 (Windows Thin PC (Embedded))
      – 2019-01-08 (Windows Embedded Standard 2009)
      – 2019-04-09 (Windows Embedded POSReady 2009)
      IE 9: 2020-01-14 (Windows Server 2008)
      IE 10:
      – 2023-01-10 (Windows Server 2012)
      – 2023-07-11 (Windows Embedded 8 Standard)
      IE 11:
      – 2020-01-14 (Windows Server 2008 R2)
      – 2020-10-13 (Windows Embedded Standard 7)
      – 2021-10-12 (Windows Embedded POSReady 7)
      – 2021-10-12 (Windows Thin PC (Embedded))
      – 2023-01-10 (Windows Server 2012 R2)
      – 2023-01-10 (Windows Embedded 8 + Windows 8.1 Industry Update)
      – ????-??-?? (Windows Server 2016)

      • gld59

        First off, I am always *so* glad to see someone else who uses international standard date format – logical, and zero confusion. 🙂

        Well done on the table. It’s often useful (or at least interesting) to see information sorted on different criteria. I suspect there will turn out to be a couple of minor adjustments needed – not through any fault of yours, but because of that page you linked to. When it comes to the versions of IE supported on the Itanium variants of Windows Server, I’d be more inclined to trust the Microsoft Update Catalog, and therefore assume that the person who wrote the lifecycle support page has NFI about Windows Server. 😀

        • Michał Gołębiowski

          Is there any source where I could check which server versions are still supported? The update you mentioned are for December 2015, should i just find a number for February once they’re out to see which versions are not included?

          • gld59

            I do it the quick and dirty way 🙂 but there’s no “look-ahead” available this way.
            Using IE (because the site runs on ActiveX), go to the Microsoft Update Catalog at and (once you’ve allowed the ActiveX stuff to install the first time you visit) search for the most current number you have. January 2016 was 3124275. You’ll see there are 43 variants listed for that month, and you can click on the column headers to sort the list. The dates are shown in that obscene US format. 🙁
            To find the next month’s number (once released, of course) click on one of the listed updates to open a popup window – I’d suggest a variant with continuing support, so until 2020 any IE 11 entry should do.
            In the popup window, click on the third tab, labelled Package Details. You’ll be able to see the number of the replacement update, so that you can then search for it.
            Depending on how brutally Microsoft prune IE on Embedded versions of Windows, I’m expecting the February list to possibly drop down to 16 variants.

          • Michał Gołębiowski

            Thanks. 🙂 I’ll try that once the updates are out (i.e. next Tuesday).

          • Michał Gołębiowski

            OK, I did check that and at I see this:

            IE 9: Windows Vista
            IE 11:
            * Windows 7
            * Windows 8.1

            IE 7:
            * Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS)
            * Windows Embedded POSReady 2009
            IE 8:
            * Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS)
            * Windows Embedded POSReady 2009
            IE 9: Windows Server 2008
            IE 10:
            * Windows Server 2012
            * Windows Embedded 8 Standard
            IE 11:
            * Windows Server 2008 R2
            * Windows Embedded Standard 7
            * Windows Server 2012 R2

            I see only 2 real differences: one is mysterious lack of Windows Thin PC and Windows 10 and another is a shorter list for IE 11 for Windows Embedded 7 & 8 which seems unlikely to lose support now for IE 11… Not sure why they’re missing here but it seems my original list was right.

          • gld59

            Yes, I was a little surprised at a couple of things. One was that *both* IE 7 and 8 are still supported on the XP Embedded platforms. The other was that Itanium editions of Server 2008 and 2008 R2 missed out (even though their final IE versions, 7 and 8 respectively, *did* get updates on XP Embedded). Seems careless to drop them four years early.

            As for Windows 10, it doesn’t get separate IE updates. Not only has there never been (nor ever will be) a choice of IE versions on this OS, but all updates are compulsory – browser updates are simply rolled into the monolithic OS updates. I assume Server 2016 will work the same way.

  • Kev87

    Changing the default browser from internet explorer to opera? That’s what I already did years ago and I’ve never regret it 🙂

  • आशिष हरिश्चंद्र पवार

    Can u plz tell me the reasons why should I drop Chrome instead of Opera ?? Or what are the major advantages over chrome ?

  • Simple Indian

    Have tried using Opera since many years, but only as a 3rd-4th alternative, as it’s still not stable enough. Moreover, it has site compatibility issues with many important websites I access in India, including Banking / Online Shopping / Govt sites, etc. Also, none of the major security software (Norton / McAfee / Kaspersky etc.) do not support Opera. Often found even 50Mb files making entire browser hang, leaving me with only option to restart PC. Ironically, IE remains most “reliable” to access websites, which may not load properly in FF / Chrome / Opera.

  • hello my self manhar and am also a opeara user since 1 year and this is really an fast browser as compared to old ones.The best thing i love in this that the browsing experience means if you compared with google chrome this is too better then that.So gys go for it.

  • Francesca Volando

    Fortunately I installed a Linux distribution on my pc and obviously Opera as web browser 😉

    • GeoNeil

      A (partially) closed source browser on an open source browser… SACRILEGE!!!!!!!!!

      (speaking as someone who also uses Opera on Linux)

      • Francesca Volando

        But it’s free! 😀

  • Lubomir Kompik

    Dôsledky problémov s DNS serververmi, nepodporované prehliadače Internet Explorer 8,9,10

  • Work for for struggling to fix the issue of internet explorer. Recommend my customer to use Opera but still some issues persists.

  • George Lessard

    Does anyone know if Opera for computers comes with a Menu Bar and if so, how can I apply it to my Opera browser? I don’t like a browser that doesn’t have a Menu Bar with all the options that I can’t control. I’ve tried everything I know of and still can’t find a way to get it. I need help. Thanks.

  • i also use opera in my phone ,its works fine and if it work on phone smoothly then it must work smoothly on computer also must try this

  • opera mini is good if your phone have only 1gb ram. it rums fast as compare to other.

    • GeoNeil

      Is it better than standard Opera on phones? I have to be honest here though, I tend to prefer UCWeb over Opera, even if my proxy is based in China rather than Norway.

  • conceitedlawyers

    Opera is always the secret favourite of all those who want to know what the future of internet browsers looks like. Every competitor knows that Opera is the most innovative and creative browser and the team supporting it is considered competent and way ahead of the big players. Using Opera is a real treat. Unfortunately, I still need other browsers (sometimes Amazon Prime Videos won’t play, sometimes online banking doesn’t work and sadly, there is no market-leading privacy protection. This is really important because Firefox and others have a quick turnaround on ad-blocker extensions or privacy add-ons, Opera should aim to be a pioneer for privacy and ad-blocking, too.

    • GeoNeil

      “This is really important because Firefox and others have a quick turnaround on ad-blocker extensions or privacy add-ons,”

      If by others you mean Chrome, there are ways and means of installing extensions from the Chrome Store on Opera, the extensions have been the same format since they adopted Chrome’s HTML engine (they used to have their own)

      In fact, there’s an extension on the Opera Addon Store just for that, although you don’t get automatic updates from Chrome extensions on Opera.

      • COMALite J

        I miss the Presto engine.

      • conceitedlawyers

        What I mean is the innovation other browsers are copying. Tabbed browsing anyone? What browser was first? ??? OPERA

  • perfectgeneral

    I’m very happy with Mozilla Firefox.

    • czynik

      IT’s Firefox they are competing with, not IE. Most of us have moved on to Firefox and only keep IE for stuff that is designed only to run on IE by web designers who are behind the curve.

  • Crwydryny Art

    well of course would support opera…. it would be kind of odd if they suggested that it could be worse than or even equivalent to any other browser.

    also who uses IE? seriously I’ve never met anyone who still uses that. but personally I’ll stick with firefox, works great for what I want

    is more than fast enough. is specifically designed for security and can fit add-ons to improve security.
    easy to customise,
    personally I don’t care what a browser looks like…. as long as it does it’s job (but even so, firefox can be customised with different themes

    you can zoom in and out so you can see a whole page or zoom in if you need help reading something

    you can even get addons for firefox that hide your IP (or even route it through special servers) for when you want to keep your identity secret (as we all know the government is spying on us all they time)

  • Rosemary Potter

    Hmm, well I persevered with Opera for 2 years and eventually went back to Chrome. Opera is not bad, but has one very annoying problem. Every so often, when you want to type something in it, it won’t let you and the only way it will let you type is to close it and open it again. It got to stage where this was happening several times a day and got fed up with it in the end. It IS a known problem with Opera, yet the programmers do not appear to want to fix it.

  • Piwor

    I liked Opera Thru version 12, I just like full version featues better, but now the chinese own them.

  • Roy Rogers

    Its ok but chrome got better because you can have a lot of addons now