Microsoft: please stop using Internet Explorer before it runs out of support next month

Martin Brinkmann
May 2, 2022
Internet Explorer

Microsoft announced in mid 2021 that it will retire the company's Internet Explorer 11 browser in most Windows versions in June 2022. That day is coming nearer, and while many Home users and organizations have moved on to other browsers, some have not migrated to another browser.

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Microsoft is asking organizations to set a retirement date for Internet Explorer before June 15, 2022 to ensure that company employees won't run into issues when IE retires.

Internet Explorer 11 won't start anymore on its retirement date and Microsoft Edge will be loaded automatically, according to Microsoft. The company suggests that the new Microsoft Edge web browser is used instead by organizations, as it supports legacy Internet Explorer features through its IE Mode functionality.

IE Mode may load local and remote content that requires specific Internet technologies. Modern web browsers such as Edge, Chrome or Firefox do not support these technologies, and the loading of services may fail completely or functionality may be limited, when these browsers are used.

Only Microsoft Edge supports IE Mode, making it an essential application for organizations that require access to content that requires specific Internet Explorer technologies.

Microsoft recommends the following preparations for setting a retirement day for Internet Explorer 11:

  1. Testing IE Mode to make sure that everything is set up correctly and working. Sites need to be tested in IE Mode to ensure that it works properly and that work flows continue to work in the mode. IT administrators may pilot the change with groups of users, for instance, by using the Disable IE policy to make Edge the default application right away on select systems.
  2. Setting a date for the retirement if Internet Explorer in the organization. Using the Disable IE policy, organizations may set a retirement date for IE that is set before June 15. Microsoft recommends a retirement date that is weeks in advanced of the end of support date of the browser.
  3. Informing users and data importing. Employees need to be aware of the change, as data needs to be migrated from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge. Microsoft recommends that users import their date from IE to Edge before the retirement date. Users may load edge://settings/importData  in the Edge address bar and select Microsoft Internet Explorer to start the importing of data from the browser.
  4. Deploy the policy that blocks Internet Explorer.

Closing words

Internet Explorer's usage share is relatively low already. Only Microsoft knows the real numbers, but most third-parties that release browser stats see it at below 0.50% of the entire market. Edge is the default browser on Windows 11 already, and it seems likely that most home users have moved on already.

Organizations who still use Internet Explorer have six weeks to migrate to Edge, before this is happening automatically. The IE chapter will be closed on June 15, 2022 for the most part

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  1. EP said on June 11, 2022 at 4:25 am

    does not apply to LTSB/LTSC users since IE will continue to work on those specific Win10 editions, even after June 15

    guess that’s why I use LTSC 2019 & 2021 versions

  2. Kayla said on June 8, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    is it confirmed that “IE 11 won’t start anymore on its retirement date and Microsoft Edge will be loaded automatically”? so IE can not use after retirement on Jun 15 2022?

  3. Roger said on June 3, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    I have several secuirty cameras that do not work with anything except IE, what am i supposed to do now ? Those activex programs do not run on anything except IE that make the cameras video available in a web browser

    1. JohnY said on June 9, 2022 at 4:44 pm

      Yeah, it should be up to the end user to decide what happens. May security cameras will only operate with IE………….the EOL nag should be able to be disabled by the user. They know what they need more than M

  4. BradentonDeb said on May 4, 2022 at 12:26 am

    Are the powers that be at Microsoft even remotely aware of how unpopular and counter-intuitive this decision to ‘retire’ Internet Explorer is? Who was the moron who made that decision? Does CEO Nadella even know what goes on in his own company?

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. The kind of nonsense that is going on in Microsoft is what happens when women are paid with ‘karma’, the inmates are allowed to run the asylum, and the so-called CEO is turned into a figurehead.

    1. Blake said on May 11, 2022 at 5:15 pm

      Yes, Microsoft is aware of exactly how unpopular IE is. They know that the most visited ages on IE are download sites for other browsers. They know exactly how counter-intuitive it is to htry to hold on to a wildly unpopular and badly built browser.

      Your inability or unwillingness to change does not mean you’re correct, and does not give you the right throw insults, regardless of how much you want to. IE was never a good browser. It’s been insecure for years, and it’s FAR past time for it to go.

  5. Robert said on May 3, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    What about the very useful “Quick Launch”, coming with InternetExplorer if I’m not wrong?
    Is there a risk that it will be automatically removed ?

  6. Tachy said on May 3, 2022 at 2:04 am

    Dear Microsoft: When I uninstall IE please automatically remove the shortcut from the start menu as well. /facepalm

  7. Hkruda said on May 2, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    Internet explorer must be mandatory remove or untick on optional features, like smb V1.0

  8. sam said on May 2, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    I am one of the few who still use Internet Explorer. I’ve tried other browsers, but for me, ie is so much easier and quicker to use. It will be a very sad day when I can no longer access it. In years to come though, we will see a new operating system as I’ve tasked my students to create one. I look forward to that day arriving.

  9. John G. said on May 2, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    Edge should remove its configuration options for Internet Explorer. And Windows should be able to uninstall all kind of traces of Internet Explorer, including from Features to prevent reinstallation. Thanks for the article! :]

  10. Paul(us) said on May 2, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    I am very curious to see if the transition will go the Microsoft way or if it will be the first time that everything will go unscathed.

  11. Anonymous said on May 2, 2022 at 7:30 am

    Interesting message when I tested and IE failed to open:

    Edge was uninstalled a day after I loaded Windows 11 and edgeupdate switched off but Internet Explorer is still there.

    I have uninstalled IE on a different machine some time ago. All sorts of things needed problem solving, including Internet Options no longer being available via control panel, from Start search or anything else I could find. I needed to hunt for alternatives. Also, my other browser (Chrome at the time) failed to open PDFs. Apart from the missing Internet Options, given time, all problems were solvable but those who uninstall will need to do some research to cure issues. I’m not in the mood for many more battles with Windows about what I want and don’t want on my laptop in the short term and plan to stick with reducing background processes overhead in the immediate future.

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