Internet Explorer 11 will be retired in June 2022 for most Windows 10 versions
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11 web browser will be retired by the company in 2022 for most Windows versions. Microsoft announced the end of Internet Explorer today, just a day after the official release of Windows 10 version 21H1.
The aging browser won't be supported on all Windows 10 client SKUs and Windows 10 IoT versions 20H2 and later from June 15, 2022 onward.
Microsoft plans to disable Internet Explorer 11 on all unsupported devices and redirect requests to open Internet Explorer to the company's Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser. Internet Explorer 11 won't be removed from devices because its engine is required for IE Mode to function. IE Mode will bridge the gap between using the Edge web browser and accessing apps and sites that require Internet Explorer-specific technologies.
The following versions and editions of Windows are not affected by the decision:
- Windows 7 with Extended Security Updates
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 10 client LTSC (all versions)
- Windows 10 Server SAC (all versions)
- Windows 10 IoT Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) (all versions)
- Windows 10 Server LTSC (all versions)
Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer platform will remain supported.
IE Mode will be supported at least through 2029 according to Microsoft, and Microsoft will give a one year in advanced warning before deprecating Internet Explorer Mode.
Why is Microsoft retiring Internet Explorer?
Microsoft notes that its new browser, Microsoft Edge offers a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, and that it has addressed one of the major concerns of users and organizations with Internet Explorer mode in the browser. IE Mode can run legacy websites that require Internet Explorer features that modern web browsers don't support.
The decision to retire Internet explorer was based on the following reasons, according to Microsoft:
- Microsoft Edge offers improved web compatibility, as it is based on Chromium, the same core that Google Chrome and other browsers such as Vivaldi, Brave or Opera are based on.
- Streamlined productivity as users and organizations can focus on a single browser instead of having to juggle between two browsers.
- Better browser security with new features and better protections built-into the browser.
Administrators may set up IE Mode in Microsoft Edge using this official guide to allow users to open sites using Internet Explorer. Microsoft states that apps that are developed for IE should work in IE Mode in Microsoft Edge. A special email adddress, ACHELP@microsoft.com, is available, to report compatibility issues when opening sites in IE Mode that are designed for Internet Explorer.
Microsoft won't make any exceptions to the June 15, 2022 deadline.
Microsoft published a FAQ on its Tech Community website that answers frequent questions and contains lots of links to support articles and information.
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