Internet Explorer Has Lost All Support

What you need to know about Internet Explorer

After being the main entry to the internet in the  late 1990s and early 2000s, Internet Explorer (IE) is gone. As of June 15,  2022, Microsoft dropped the web browser  from support.

IE ushered in the age of connection to the world  in 1995 and held a majority of the browser market share for many years. But  the release of newer technologies like Google Chrome made it less relevant.


In 2014, Internet Explorer still held about 59% of  the global market share, with Chrome at 21%. But just two years later, IE  lost its top spot to Chrome and trailed behind another newcomer, Safari.

In 2015, the writing was already on the wall when  Microsoft released a new browser, Edge. With Edge destined to take IE’s place  as the official browser installed on Windows systems.

It’s inevitable, the longer technology is driving  work and home life, that we’re going to lose some of our favorites. Adobe  Flash Player is another technology that used to be widely used and is now  gone.

So, now that IE has reached its end of life  (EOL), what happens next?        

Microsoft  Will Redirect Users to IE Mode in Edge

According to Microsoft, now that IE is officially  out of support it will redirect users. Over the next few months, a new  experience will happen. Those opening this outdated browser will instead land  in Microsoft Edge with IE mode.

To ease the transition away from Internet  Explorer, Microsoft added IE Mode to Edge. This mode makes  it possible for organizations to still use legacy sites that may have worked  best in IE. It uses the Trident MSHTML engine from IE11 to do this.

When in IE mode, you’ll still see the Internet  Explorer icon on your device. But if you open it, you’ll actually be in  Microsoft Edge

Microsoft  Will Be Removing Internet Explorer Icons in the Future

Microsoft isn’t yet getting rid of the IE icons  that appear in places like the taskbar and Start menu on Windows. But it will  in a future update. Users can expect to see those removed at some point.

Edge Will  Import Browser Data from IE

What about your favorites, saved passwords, and  other settings that you have in IE? Microsoft Edge will import these from  Internet Explorer for you, so they're not lost. This will include things like  your browsing history and other data stored in the browser. You’ll then be  able to access these in the Microsoft Edge’s settings area.

With IE  Retired, What Do You Need to Do Now?

Uninstall  the Browser

It’s risky to keep older technology that is no  longer supported on your system. Cybercriminals love to exploit older tools  that are not receiving any security updates. This leaves an open invitation  to breach your network. Manufacturers are never going to address these  because they retired the software.

Outdated technology costs enterprises  approximately 47% more when  they suffer a data breach. As compared to those with updated tools.

You should transition your stored information to  Microsoft Edge (or another trusted browser). Then uninstall IE from your  device or devices.

Ensure  Employees Know How to Use IE Mode in Edge

A scenario that businesses want to avoid is what  happened to many organizations in Japan. Several government and corporate  users weren't prepared for the retirement of IE.  

It was reported that IT and  engineering departments received many calls for help. This was due to  unpreparedness for the browser’s demise. Although it came with warnings, it  was a shock to many that used legacy sites that need IE to work. This  included the customers of government agencies, financial institutions, and  other organizations.

This left them scrambling to try to figure out  what to do at the last minute. They still needed access to employee  attendance management, and other online tools.

Of course, with IE mode in Edge, this transition  didn’t need to be so chaotic. But without communication or training, more  than 20% of affected users hadn’t figured out what to do.

Make sure you communicate with your team what to  do. Companies can automate IE mode for their  users so that it launches automatically.

Train  Employees on Microsoft Edge Features

Microsoft Edge has a lot of benefits over IE and  other browsers. It’s faster and more responsive than Internet Explorer. It  also has comprehensive security controls (including password breach  monitoring). And has unique features such as “collections.”

But with all new tools, if you want employees to  use them proficiently, they need to have a chance to learn them. Take the  time to transition right, and have your employees trained on Edge.

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Article used with permission from The Technology Press.