Too slow, too insecure, too old: Internet Explorer will be discontinued for good. Microsoft warns users against using the ancient browser after the end of the release on June 15, 2022.
For a generation, Internet Explorer was their first browser. Younger users may never have used it, because today Google dominates with Chrome the browser world. But Microsoft’s browser veteran has stubbornly persisted under Windows and is mainly still used in companies.
But at least the Internet Explorer program will soon be over. According to Microsoft, it should June 15, 2022 discontinue its service on Windows 10. But as in the last few years, a remnant of Internet Explorer is still being dragged along – and that even applies to Windows 11.
The end of Internet Explorer is not really surprising. Microsoft has been redesigning its browser portfolio for some time: With the first Edge Browser, Microsoft sent a competitor for Windows 10 at the start of 2015 Chrome and Firefox into the race, which should also represent the replacement for the in-house Internet Explorer 11.
But the original Edge was never really well received by users, and finally Microsoft found the effort for its own browser too big. The legacy version of the Edge browser without Chromium substructure has therefore not been supported since 2021. Instead of this one put the new one Chromium-based Edge ready. Next to Windows, Mac, Android and iOS the browser even has one Linux version got paid for.
End of Support for Internet Explorer
As always, you have to listen carefully at Microsoft and read exactly what they are up to, because simple solutions are not their thing. You could have just said a few years ago that Internet Explorer and everything related to it would be retired by a certain date. But hard lines are not Microsoft’s thing, which is also evident in Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer 11 is retiring, that’s for sure since last year. What is meant by this is the stand-alone program that you can use under Windows 10 to this day. Deadline for end of support is June 15th, remember reminds Microsoft in a blog post. From this date, Internet Explorer can no longer be started, the Edge Browser opens instead. However, only the client versions of Windows 10 are affected. Internet Explorer also runs on the following systems:
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 7 with extended support
- Windows Server SAC (Semi-Annual Channel)
- Windows 10 Client LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel)
- Windows Server LTSC
- Windows 10 IoT LTSC
Use Internet Explorer mode in Edge
Edge is a modern browser that handles all everyday tasks with ease. If you still need the IE engine for old applications, you should use Edge and call up the relevant pages in Internet Explorer mode. The corresponding configuration is available in the “Default browser” area of the Edge settings. For example, it is set there that Internet Explorer may only open incompatible pages from Edge.
You can also manage a list of exceptions and generally allow Internet Explorer mode to be invoked from within Edge. Advantage: companies have a modern browser and can still use old web applications. So there’s no real need to use full-featured Internet Explorer anymore. The Internet Explorer mode should at least still until 2029 ready, so the greyed-out technology will easily survive Windows 10.
Export data from Internet Explorer
Anyone who actually still has data in Internet Explorer should keep it by Deadline June 15, 2022 export from browser. This is quite easy via “File” and the Import-Export menu. Alternatively, you can also initiate the data export via the bookmark management. For Internet Explorer users with additional questions, Microsoft is providing a FAQ page ready.