On August 17, 2020, Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 11 would reach its end-of-support date a year later. The software company wants to give users plenty of time to switch over to the latest version of Edge before mainstream support ends for IE 11.
You can see the full timeline of Microsoft’s phase-out plan in the image below.
What IE 11 reaching end of support means for you
If you are currently using Microsoft 365, those apps will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 after the end-of-support date. Microsoft Teams will be ending support for it even sooner, in November 2020. This means that you will no longer be able to connect to Microsoft 365 applications and services on IE 11.
The software company made this statement in response, “While we know that this change will be difficult for some customers, we believe that customers will get the most out of Microsoft 365 when using the new Microsoft Edge. We are committed to helping make this transition as smooth as possible.”
IE 11 isn’t the only app losing support in 2021
To meet customer needs for world-class compatibility and security, Microsoft has completely rebuilt Microsoft Edge on the open-source Chromium Engine—the same engine that was used as a foundation for Google Chrome—so they will be ending support for the Microsoft Edge legacy desktop app in 2021, too.
That means the desktop app will no longer receive security updates or patches, which is why users should upgrade to the new Microsoft Edge.
Will my enterprise apps still work in Microsoft Edge?
You may be thinking that you’ll no longer be able to access applications or websites that are dependent on IE 11, but Microsoft has a solution for that: IE Mode, which is available directly within the Edge browser. With this feature, you’ll be able to standardize your web usage, and you won’t have to worry about your applications not working or being unable to access certain sites.
Do you have questions about Internet Explorer 11 losing support?
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We can also answer any questions you may have about recent Microsoft announcements and upcoming changes, such as the phase-out of Internet Explorer 11. We also understand the importance of using up-to-date software and applications, as well as what security risks using outdated technology can pose to your business.
Contact us today with any questions or to learn more about Microsoft services and solutions for your organization.