After nearly 27 years of hard work, Internet Explorer 11 will be officially retired tomorrow, June 15, 2022. This coming Wednesday, Microsoft will finally end support for the desktop app, which will be disabled in some versions of Windows. The classic browser will be replaced by the legacy “IE” mode in Microsoft Edge.
Launched on August 24, 1995, Microsoft’s classic browser will remain in people’s memory. The birth of Microsoft Edge in 2015 was the beginning of the end of Internet Explorer. Since then, older browsers have been losing ground on Windows. In August 2021, Microsoft 365 Apps and Services ended support for IE.
Tomorrow’s funeral is no surprise. Microsoft has officially announced the March 16, 2022 retirement date for Internet Explorer:
“As previously announced, the future of Internet Explorer on Windows is in Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer Mode (IE Mode) supports legacy browsers in Microsoft Edge. As a result, the Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) desktop application will be June disabled 15/15/2022 for some versions of Windows 10.”
Which versions of Windows lose Internet Explorer?
Microsoft explains on its website Internet Explorer 11 is no longer available on Windows 11, where Microsoft Edge is the default browser. The plan is to redirect the user to the latest browser.
IE apps delivered through the Semi-Annual Channel for certain versions of Windows 10 will now be disabled. The classic browser retirement affects systems running Windows 10 and Windows 10 IoT Client SKU version 20H2 or later.
Although, it’s still not a complete death For Internet Explorer applications. The browser will remain available on Windows 7 ESU, Windows 8.1 and all Windows 10 LTSC and Server editions. Microsoft will continue to provide security updates and technical support for browsers until the end of the life of these systems.
Internet Explorer will be disabled in two steps
Retirement of Internet Explorer will take place in two phases. In the first phase, users will be redirected to Edge when trying to access IE 11 applications in the coming months. In the second step, the browser is effectively disabled via Windows Update. Therefore, only the Internet Explorer mode of Edge will remain.
However, Microsoft warns Internet Explorer application must remain on the computer, or even disabled. After all, Edge’s Internet Explorer mode depends on IE 11 remaining on the system.
Additional information: Microsoft
Line endings: Internet Explorer 11 will be retired this Wednesday(15)