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That day has come – support for Internet Explorer has officially ended. Microsoft announced its intention to end support for Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022 last year. During this period, the company has repeatedly urged users and customers to prepare the infrastructure of their organizations to stop using the legacy browser.
In the new Windows 11, Internet Explorer was no longer available, as it was replaced by Microsoft Edge based on Chromium. With the release of the June Cumulative Updates, client editions of Windows 10 (version 20H2 and later) and Windows 10 IoT (version 20H2 and later) will redirect to Microsoft Edge when Internet Explorer 11 starts. After some time, Microsoft intends to completely disable the outdated browser.
It is important to note that these changes do not affect Windows 7 (with extended security updates) and Windows 8.1 – in these versions of the OS, the old IE will continue to exist. Also, the change does not affect Windows Server LTSC (all versions), Windows Server 2022, Windows 10 LTSC client (all versions), and Windows 10 IoT LTSC (all versions) – users of these editions and versions of Windows can still continue to use Internet Explorer , if necessary.
Moreover, the “IE Mode” in the Microsoft Edge browser has not disappeared anywhere either. It was created specifically for corporate customers and is designed to provide compatibility with legacy web services and sites, including ActiveX controls that require Internet Explorer to work correctly.
According to Microsoft officials, “IE Mode” will follow the lifecycle of current and future Windows client versions, Windows Server, and Windows IoT through 2029. Thus, despite the support of “IE Mode” until 2029, if support for any of the above versions and editions of Windows ends before this date, support for compatibility mode with IE on this version or edition of Windows will also be discontinued. At the same time, the company noted that there is no talk of a possible extension of support for Internet Explorer 11 after the specified dates.
In the end, we recall that the first version of the legendary Internet Explorer browser appeared back in 1995, along with the release of Windows 95. The latest and most current version of Internet Explorer 11 was released in 2013. And since 2015, the IT giant from Redmond began to promote Microsoft Edge by default, which, as noted earlier, has recently switched to the Chromium engine.