Too slow, too insecure, too old: Internet Explorer will be phased out for good. Microsoft warns users not to use the ancient browser after launching on June 15, 2022.
For a whole generation, Internet Explorer was their first browser. Younger users may never have used it, because today Google dominates Chrome browser world. But the veteran of Microsoft’s browsers stubbornly persisted on Windows and is still used mostly in businesses.
But at least Internet Explorer will be over soon. According to Microsoft, it should June 15, 2022 Windows 10 discontinued service. But just like in recent years, there’s still a remnant of Internet Explorer – and that is even true of Windows 11.
The end of Internet Explorer is not surprising. Microsoft has been redesigning its browser portfolio for a while: with the first Edge browser, Microsoft sent a competitor to Windows 10 in early 2015 Chrome and Firefox to the race, which should also represent the internal Internet Explorer 11 replacement.
But the original Edge was never well received by users, and in the end Microsoft felt the effort for its own browser was too much. Therefore, the older version of Edge without the Chromium substructure is not supported as of 2021. Instead of this one put a new one Chrome based edge ready. Near Windows, Duster, Android and iOS the browser even has one Linux version paid for.
End of support for Internet Explorer
As always, you have to listen carefully to Microsoft and read exactly what they intend to do, because simple solutions are not their thing. A few years ago, it was possible to say that Internet Explorer and everything related to it would be retired by a certain date. But hard lines aren’t Microsoft’s thing, which is also seen in Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer 11 is retiring, that’s for sure since last year. This means a standalone program that can be used on Windows 10 until today. The end-of-support deadline is June 15, as Microsoft points out in a blog post. From this date, Internet Explorer can no longer be started, the Edge browser opens instead. However, the issue only affects client versions of Windows 10. Internet Explorer also works on the following systems:
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 7 with extended support
- Windows Server SAC (Semi-Annual Channel)
- Windows 10 LTSC Client (Long Term Servicing Channel)
- Windows Server LTSC
- Windows 10 IoT LTSC
Use the Internet Explorer Mode in Edge
Edge is a modern browser that can handle all your daily tasks with ease. If you still need the IE engine for old applications, you should use Edge and call the appropriate pages in Internet Explorer mode. Configuration is available under “Default Browser” in the Edge settings. For example, it is set up there that Internet Explorer can only open pages that are incompatible with Edge.
You can also manage the exception list and generally allow Internet Explorer Mode to be invoked from within Edge. The advantage: Businesses have a modern browser and can still use old web applications. So there is no longer any need for a fully functional Internet Explorer browser. Internet Explorer mode should at least still work until 2029 done, so greyed out technology survives Windows 10 with ease.
Export data from Internet Explorer
Anyone who still has data in Internet Explorer should keep it for Deadline June 15, 2022 export from browser. It is quite easy thanks to the “File” and the Import-Export menu. Alternatively, you can also initiate the data export via bookmark management. For Internet Explorer users with further questions, Microsoft provides a FAQ page.