Last year, Microsoft announced the retirement of its Internet Explorer 11 web browser for most versions of the Windows 10 operating system. Yesterday, Microsoft issued a reminder that support for Internet Explorer 11 will expire on June 15, 2022.
A message on the Windows Release Health website notifies users and administrators of the upcoming end of Internet Explorer 11 as a desktop application.
As previously announced, the future of Internet Explorer on Windows is in Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer mode (IE mode) provides support for legacy browsers in Microsoft Edge. For this reason, the Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application will be retired on June 15, 2022 for some versions of Windows 10. This means that the IE11 desktop application will no longer be supported and will then be redirected to Microsoft Edge if a user tries to access it.
Internet Explorer 11 will be retired on June 15, 2022 according to Microsoft. The desktop app will no longer start after it is removed and Microsoft Edge will load instead. Internet Explorer files will not be removed from devices after support ends, as they are required for IE mode.
Microsoft Edge will be Microsoft’s only browser in the future. The browser supports a legacy mode, called IE mode, which businesses and users can use to load IE-specific content into Microsoft Edge.
Since Edge is Chromium-based, it does not support Internet Explorer technologies. IE mode ensures that Internet Explorer specific content can always be loaded. Most home users may not need IE mode, but businesses can, as some applications and services may have been created exclusively for Internet Explorer.
Several versions and editions of the Windows operating system are unaffected by the removal; this includes Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 installations, Windows 10 Server LTSC and SAC, and Windows 10 Client LTSC.
Microsoft Edge is the default Windows 11 browser. It offers better web compatibility because it is based on Chromium, the same source Google Chrome is based on. According to Microsoft, Edge also offers better security and protection compared to Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer’s usage share has been declining for a long time. Microsoft does not disclose information about the use of its browsers, but third-party services such as Statcounter do. Although not 100% accurate, they provide insight into trends. The most recent statistics see Internet Explorer at 0.47% of the browser market. A year earlier, Internet Explorer’s usage share was 0.81%, according to the company. Microsoft Edge has managed to gain during this time, and Statcounter sees the browser at 4.06% currently.
Now you: do you use Internet Explorer? Will you be using Edge’s IE mode?