So long, Internet Explorer!

Today, Microsoft announced that the company will be retiring the Internet Explorer (IE) web browser. Microsoft has been preparing users for this day and promoted the idea that Microsoft Edge as the future of IE. Microsoft announced that IE11 desktop will no longer be supported after June 2022.

Microsoft Edge is faster and offers users better security. Edge will be the default browser for Windows users.

IE has become the standard browser for many organizations, and over it’s 25 year history, organizations have built legacy sites and applications that depend on IE. Microsoft Edge will be able to support these sites and apps using Edge’s “IE mode”, which will render IE based sites in Edge. Microsoft announced support for IE apps and stated that Microsoft will give 1 years notice to deprecate IE mode experience when the time comes.

It is also important to point out that Microsoft 365 apps and services will not support IE 11 after August 17, 2021. After this date, apps and services will be unable to connect or have a degraded feature experience.

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Microsoft has made a strong push for users to discontinue the use of Internet Explorer for more than five years. When Microsoft Edge first appeared in 2015, it was marketed as a replacement to IE and IE was rebranded as a compatibility solution as opposed to a browser.

To accelerate the shift to Edge, Microsoft has provided IE mode in edge to not leave functioning websites and applications behind.

If your organization is looking to modernize the workplace, Kiefer’s team of experts can help you in modernizing legacy applications and assist you in leveraging tools like Microsoft Power Apps and Microsoft Power Automate.


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