Microsoft will stop shutting down Internet Explorer next year after more than 25 years. The aging web browser has been largely unused for most consumers for years, but Microsoft will put the last nail in the Internet Explorer coffin on June 15, 2022 by retiring in favor of Microsoft Edge.
“We announce that the future of Internet Explorer in Windows 10 lies in Microsoft Edge,” Sean Lyndersay says, Microsoft Edge Management. “The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be disabled and will no longer be supported on June 15, 2022 for certain versions of Windows 10.”
Although the Windows 10 Long Term Service Channel (LTSC) will still include Internet Explorer next year, all consumer versions will end browser support. Microsoft doesn’t make that clear (and we’ll review), but it’s likely that the end of Internet Explorer will finally be bundled into Windows either in June 2022 or soon after.
The alternative for most companies is Microsoft Edge in IE mode. Microsoft created it Eden IE mode a couple of years ago, and has allowed companies to deploy a new Chromium-based browser for older legacy websites. IE mode supports older ActiveX components and older sites that many companies unexpectedly still use. Microsoft promises to support this IE mode in Edge until at least 2029.
The end of Internet Explorer has been a long time. Microsoft discontinued support for the Microsoft Teams web application Internet Explorer 11 last year, and plans to end its access to Microsoft 365 services later this year. Internet Explorer 11 is coming no longer supported For Microsoft online services such as Office 365, OneDrive, Outlook and others, August 17th.
Microsoft has also been trying to stop people from using Internet Explorer for more than five years. Microsoft Edge first appeared in 2015, and it started The end of the Internet Explorer brand. Microsoft has since calls Internet Explorer a “compatibility solution” and did not encourage companies to stop using an aging browser in favor of Edge and its IE state.