Goodbye Internet Explorer! Now, What Should I Do?
Microsoft 365 apps say farewell to Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 10 unsets Microsoft Edge Legacy
According to a blog post shared by Microsoft, starting from November 30, 2020, the Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support IE 11 and from August 17, 2021, the remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support IE 11.
What Does This Mean?
It basically means that after these dates, we won’t be able to enjoy the same experience and connect to Microsoft 365 and services on IE 11. But don’t panic just yet – Microsoft will still continue their services for Microsoft Edge instead.
What is Microsoft Edge?
Microsoft Edge is an internet browser released by Microsoft, which is installed in Windows by default. The newest version is called a Chromium browser which can run hundreds of different extensions just like Google Chrome – and the Microsoft Team had started working on the new Microsoft Edge since two years ago, in order to meet their users’ needs and increase their compatibility. According to Microsoft, since most of their users’ have been upgraded to the newest version, their Microsoft Edge legacy will also stop updating after March 9, 2021.
What Should I Do?
As an IE 11 user, there isn’t much you can do! If you’re a loyal customer or a visitor of those websites that use or support IE 11, you’d need to give them some time to transition to a new browser. However, if you’re just planning to switch from IE 11 to other internet browsers, there are a few things to keep in mind, since you’d want to migrate most of your data to the new browser. If you’re migrating to Google Chrome, here are three simple steps to follow.
- Download and install Google Chrome
- Import bookmarks and settings
- Change Google Chrome as the default web browser
Additionally, Microsoft had agreed to support legacy IE 11 apps and for those who have made business-critical investments in IE 11 legacy apps. So if you’re a business owner using IE 11, there are a few steps you can follow. As mentioned above, Microsoft is recommending its users to transition to Microsoft Edge as their preferred browser. This way, it can offer a range of support options to help the transition. Get to know more about Microsoft’s support here.