Microsoft to end support for Internet Explorer, Legacy Edge in 2021

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  • Microsoft is saying goodbye to both Internet Explorer and Legacy Edge in 2021
  • It has released a timeline as to when it will end its support for the once popular browser
  • The move comes as the new Microsoft Edge gains popularity among users

After two-and-a-half decade, Microsoft is bidding farewell to what was once the most widely used web browser – the Internet Explorer or commonly abbreviated as IE.

With 11 iterations over the years since the original version was introduced in 1995 alongside the equally popular Windows 95, the IE reached its peak in 2003 with about 95% usage share across the internet.

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On Tuesday, August 18, Microsoft announced on its website that Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) as per the below timeline:

  • Beginning November 30, 2020, the Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support IE 11.
  • Beginning August 17, 2021, the remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support IE 11.

“This means that after the above dates, customers will have a degraded experience or will be unable to connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services on IE 11. For degraded experiences, new Microsoft 365 features will not be available or certain features may cease to work when accessing the app or service via IE 11,” the announcement read.

Aside from the IE, Microsoft will also be terminating its support for the Microsoft Legacy Edge.

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The move comes as the new Microsoft Edge gains traction among users. Microsoft Edge is a browser built on the Chromium open source engine with the latest in Microsoft enterprise capabilities.

“Now that we’ve shipped the new Microsoft Edge, and upgraded most of our Windows 10 customers to the new browser, we’re ending support for the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop app on March 9, 2021,” the Microsoft team said.

This means that after March 9, 2021, the Edge Legacy desktop app will not receive new security updates.