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Microsoft to kill Internet Explorer support next year

June 1, 2021

Microsoft has announced that, after 25 years, it’s finally retiring its ageing Internet Explorer.

In exactly a year, on August 17th, 2021, Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be supported for Microsoft’s online services like Office 365, OneDrive, Outlook, and more.

The move won't affect the Windows 10 Long-Term Servicing Channel, which is used for devices that stay the same over time, such as MRI machines and air traffic control systems.

The company hopes the new Internet Explorer legacy mode within the Chromium-based Edge browser will help pry certain enterprise users off Internet Explorer 11.

What does that mean for the few websites and tools that still require Internet Explorer? Microsoft points out that its Edge browser has built-in support for an “IE Mode” that can access those older sides from a newer browser. It is also significantly more secure, which was why it was created in the first place.


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