Tech Recap Weekly: IE10, 9, 8 & Windows 8 support ends, Windows 10 build 11099, Microsoft changes hardware policy

Microsoft ends support for older versions of Internet Explorer and Windows  8, Windows 10 build 11099 rolls out to Insiders, Microsoft will no longer support older version of Windows on new processors, free year of Office 365 Personal, and more.

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This week on tech, Microsoft ends support for older versions of Internet Explorer, including versions 10, 9, and 8. Moving forward the company will only support Internet Explorer 11, which is also the last version of the web browser.

Support for Windows 8 also came to an end after two years of the original release. Now users must upgrade to Windows 8.1 with Update to continue receiving support.

Windows 10 version 1150 received a new cumulative update described as KB3124263, which resolves a number of vulnerabilities with the operating system.

On January 13th, the software giant also rolled out Windows 10 build 11099 to the Fast ring of update. This is the second preview the company releases part of the Redstone update, which is due later this year. Build 11099 doesn’t contain any noticeable changes, but Microsoft reveals that this build includes changes code refactoring and other engineering work to optimize OneCore – we can expect new features and changes in future releases.

In addition, this week the software maker announced a number of new hardware policies and unveils that it will no longer support old versions of Windows on new processors. However, companies will continue to be able to purchase a select number of computers compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, but support will end in mid-2017, at which point they will have to be upgraded to Windows 10 to remain supported.

While it hasn’t officially been announced, a Microsoft support website shows evidence that the company is working on a desktop version of Windows 10 with support for ARM processors. The website also lists an x86 version of Windows 10 Mobile, which could indicate that we’ll probably be seeing Windows phones running on Intel-based chips.

Also this week, Microsoft released the first preview of the Remote Desktop for Windows 10 Mobile, and even though we have seen an identical app for phones and desktop, the company is bringing support Continuum for phones. As such, you can now remotely access your main computer and turn your phone into a real PC.

If you’re Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL owner, you know that you can use Office Mobile on your phone for free, but you can’t use the app when you’re using Continuum. However, on an effort to make you more productive Microsoft is now offering one-year subscription of Office 365 Personal for free to Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL owners, which enables you to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other apps in your phone as well as when you’re in Continuum mode.

Lastly, as part of the CES 2016, this week I added a few new devices announcements, such as the LG Gram laptop, which claims to be the lightest laptop on the market. Origin’s Omni is the first fully customizable all-one-one 34-inch curved computer for gamers running Windows 10. And Lenovo unveils the Yoga 900S, which is the thinnest convertible laptop. All this and more.