Inefficient compared to other browsers, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer is a subject of ridicule. And Microsoft started to abandon it in 2015, when Windows 10 (whose successor is Windows 11) was launched.
Indeed, Windows 10 has been delivered with a new browser, more modern and more efficient: Microsoft Edge. However, so far, Edge and Internet Explorer coexist. While Edge is Microsoft’s main browser for Windows, Internet Explorer still works.
1/ Why does Internet Explorer still exist today?
If Internet Explorer does not interest the general public, it is however essential for certain companies whose activities depend on web tools that have been optimized for the old Microsoft browser. So even though Edge was there to replace Internet Explorer, it continued to receive updates.
2/ When will Microsoft end support for Internet Explorer?
In any case, this reprieve granted to companies will end this week. Indeed, it is Wednesday, June 15, that Microsoft will stop updating Internet Explorer 11.
“Internet Explorer is retiring on June 15, 2022, after which IE will no longer be supported. In line with industry best practices, the IE desktop application will be gradually redirected to Microsoft Edge over the next few months and will eventually be permanently disabled via a future Windows update, to ensure a smooth retirement.”explains Microsoft in an FAQ.
3/ Will Microsoft let go of companies that still depend on Internet Explorer?
Leaving Internet Explorer is a long process. And really, ending support for the Internet Explorer app is just one step in that process.
Indeed, Microsoft has provided another reprieve for companies that still depend on Internet Explorer technologies. The firm has indeed developed an “Internet Explorer mode” for its Edge browser, so that these companies can continue to use their tools dependent on IE. A transition between the real IE and the Internet Explorer mode of Microsoft Edge is however necessary.
“Not only does Microsoft Edge provide a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility with older legacy websites and applications. Microsoft Edge incorporates Internet Explorer mode (“IE mode”), which allows you to access these legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications directly from Microsoft Edge”reassured Microsoft in 2021.
4/ When will Microsoft Edge’s Internet Explorer mode disappear?
The companies concerned will still have years to make a real transition to more modern technologies. Indeed, Microsoft is committed to supporting Internet Explorer mode on Microsoft Edge until at least 2029. In addition, the firm also promises to give a year’s notice to end this mode.
5/ Why Microsoft Edge has nothing to do?
As mentioned above, Microsoft Edge was designed to provide a more modern browsing experience compared to Internet Explorer. However, despite Microsoft’s best efforts, at first Edge also had compatibility issues with websites.
These problems were due to the fact that web sites and apps were optimized, for the most part, for the most popular browser in the world: Google Chrome.
To fix this problem, Microsoft took a radical step, replacing its own EdgeHTML technology with Chromium, Google Chrome’s open-source browser engine. Thus, sites optimized for Chrome are now systematically optimized for Microsoft Edge (but Edge also allows optimal use of old web tools designed for Internet Explorer).