After 27 years as Microsoft’s official web browser for Windows, Internet Explorer has come to an end. But that doesn’t mean the old Windows browser is no longer in use, and despite years of warning, it seems some people aren’t ready for a change.
It’s been just over a year since Microsoft announced that support for IE would end on June 15, 2022. Since then, Microsoft has convinced customers to switch to Edge by June 15 and use Edge’s “IE Mode” for existing apps and websites that need it. IE mode will be supported at least until 2029.
Microsoft Edge is the Internet browser developed by Microsoft to replace the popular Internet Explorer. Based on Chromium engine (like Chrome), Edge is a modern and powerful browser.
- Downloads: 11
- Exit date: 07/15/2022
- Writer : Microsoft
- license : Free license
- The operating system : Android – Linux – Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 – iOS iPhone/iPad – macOS
Microsoft has been trying to prepare customers for this event for years. In 2019, before IE’s end date was announced, Microsoft executives said that IE 11 was a “compatibility fix” that should not be used as the default browser.
That’s because Microsoft is well aware of how long it takes to keep users away from a major browser version. The company ended support for IE 6 in 2014, 14 years after that version of the browser came to Windows XP, with a final patch for IE 6 in January 2016. But Microsoft has spent many years begging companies to get rid of IE 6 because of its outdated security design.
IE 7 succeeded IE 6 in 2006, but so many companies continued to use it that in 2009 Microsoft launched a “Friends Don’t Allow Friends to Use IE 6” campaign. Friends are using IE 6), which drew attention to some critical flaws affecting only IE 6. In 2011, Microsoft launched a countdown page for IE 6 to see its usage drop to less than 1% worldwide. In China, IE 6 usage was still 34% at the time.
Things are different today, due to Google Chrome’s dominance of desktop browsers, but as recently noted by enterprise IT management firm Lansweeper, about 46% of Windows 10 devices used by their client companies “could be affected” by the end of IE 11. That is, if not They publish Microsoft Edge based on Chromium or Google’s Chrome.
Affected versions of Windows 10 include the latest version 21H2, as well as versions 21H1 and 20H2.
Certain geographic areas can be more affected. Nikkei Asia reports that 49% of companies surveyed in Japan last March are still using IE. Surprisingly, more than 20% of them did not know how to switch to other browsers after the deadline.
Microsoft has now released a blog post in English, Japanese, and Korean to tell Windows 10 users what to expect after June 15th.
The edge as a dwelling
Windows 10 users who are still using IE 11 will see a message from Microsoft saying “The future of Internet Explorer is in Microsoft Edge”. This starts the process of using IE mode in Edge.
Sites that require IE can be reloaded using IE mode in Edge, according to Microsoft. Users must select Continue to view the site in Edge. The new browser automatically imports bookmarks, passwords, history, cookies and other data from IE.
This migration to Edge will happen over the next few months, after which Microsoft will release an update through Windows Update that will remove IE 11, according to Microsoft.
“Over the next few months, the opening of Internet Explorer will gradually redirect users to our new modern browser, Microsoft Edge with IE mode,” said Shaun Lindersey, general manager of Microsoft Edge Enterprise.
Users will still see the Internet Explorer icon on their device (such as the taskbar or Start menu), but if they click to open Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge will open with easy access instead. In IE mode. Eventually, Internet Explorer will be disabled Permanently as part of a future Windows update, then Internet Explorer icons on users’ devices will be removed. »
The redirect adds a “Reload in IE Mode” button to the Edge toolbar. Users can click on it to open a web page in IE mode. Edge also asks the user if they want to open this page automatically in IE mode next time.
To make it easier for users preparing for the IE mode end of life in 2029, Edge asks the user every 30 days if they still need IE mode for their location.
Lyndersay discusses how IE support will end based on certain versions of Windows 10. IE 11 has already been removed from Windows 11. Although IE11 support will end today, it will be phased out as users are gradually redirected to Edge over the next few months. Microsoft has a different schedule for critical Windows enterprise environments.
Retirement today covers all currently supported versions of Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education, and IoT (Internet Explorer has already been discontinued from Windows 11). Internet Explorer won’t be removed immediately from all of these versions today, but users will be gradually redirected to Microsoft Edge on all of these devices over the next few months (just like regular users) to give our customers time to identify sites they may have missed and complete their transition . After this redirection phase, Internet Explorer will be permanently disabled on devices by a future Windows update,” says Lyndersey.
“For some currently supported versions of Windows used in mission-critical environments, we will continue to support Internet Explorer on those versions until the end of support for Windows versions. This includes all currently supported LTSC versions of Windows 10 (including IoT) and all versions of Windows Server, as well as Windows 10 China Government Edition, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 with Scores of Security Updates (ESU).Future releases of these releases will not include Internet Explorer.Developers who rely on the MSHTML (Trident) platform and COM controls on Windows will also continue to get Support on all Windows platforms. »