Internet Explorer is finally coming to the end of its journey as Microsoft announced on Wednesday that they’d be ending support for the browser on June 15, 2022.
Earlier this year, Microsoft 365 stopped supporting IE11. However, people will still be able to access Internet Explorer’s legacy apps and websites on Edge’s IE mode, which will be supported through 2029. This news doesn’t affect in-market Windows 10 LTSC or Server Internet Explorer 11 desktop apps and MSHTML Trident engine.
Microsoft says that the three main reasons to drop Internet Explorer 11 in favour of Edge are improved compatibility, better browser security and streamlined productivity.
“Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications,” Microsoft announced.
Microsoft Edge supports both legacy and newer websites and apps, courtesy of the IE mode. The customisation options on the Chromium-based browser also make it easy to get more productive surfing and work on the internet.
Much like Chrome and other similar browsers, Edge scans for malware and possible phishing links and also has a password manager that can find if a user’s personal information has been compromised. The modern browser also gets security updates much quicker than the legacy IE.
Users can easily transfer their browser data, including bookmarks and password, from IE11 to Edge.
“Many people and organizations around the world have depended on IE to support them as they’ve learned, grown and conducted business online. Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode inherits this important responsibility, and we look forward to supporting you online with Microsoft Edge.”