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It's official – the end of Internet Explorer is just around the corner. Microsoft has confirmed what most of us already expected in one blog entry released today. The company made the announcement over a year in advance. Internet Explorer will be retired on June 15, 2022 and will no longer be supported on most Windows 10 versions. However, the legacy of IE11 lives on in Microsoft Edge.
While the vast majority of Windows 10 versions no longer support IE11, Microsoft states that not all of them will retire it. This change affects devices running Windows 10 version 20H2 and later on both SKUs and IoT units. This means that most people will soon see Internet Explorer officially retired.
IE11 is still supported on all versions of the semi-annual Windows 10 Server channel, Windows 10 IoT LTSC, Windows 10 Server LTSC and Windows 10 Client LTSC. It's also still available to users running Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 (with Extended Security Updates).
Microsoft continues to recognize that it supports older websites that were originally built with Internet Explorer in mind. To keep these older websites available, Microsoft Edge continues to provide access to IE mode. This effectively maintains the use of IE while using the newer technology from Edge.
The company promises that IE mode will continue to be supported on Windows 10 client, server and IoT versions through the end of 2029. This can possibly be expanded. As soon as IE is about to phase out these Windows 10 versions, Microsoft plans to make an announcement a year in advance.
The resignation of IE was announced by Microsoft post in 2020, when the plan for the end of IE is outlined – although no final announcement has been made at this point. Microsoft teams ended support for IE11 back in November 2020. The next step is still ahead of us: On August 17th, Microsoft 365 apps will also stop supporting IE.
Before parting with Internet Explorer, Microsoft also ended the older Edge app in March. It has been replaced by the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, which will continue to serve as a replacement for IE for years to come. Unlike its often mocked older siblings, the new Edge isn't that bad and may well be the only browser from Microsoft to gain popularity in the future.