Tech | August 19, 2020 2:28 pm

Microsoft Is Ending Support for Internet Explorer 11 Soon

Good news: There are workarounds if you need 'em

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Are you finally ready to ditch Internet Explorer?
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Internet Explorer 11 is losing Microsoft’s support. Literally.

The tech giant announced that by August 17 of next year, Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support the browser, and the Teams app will no longer support IE 11 starting November 30 of this year.

Which means, yes, you can still use Internet Explorer, but its usefulness will be severely reduced. As the Microsoft blog notes: “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.”

Another browser, Microsoft Edge Legacy, will end on March 9, 2021.

IE 11 has been around since 2013, and it’s technically “not going away.” As well, the latest version of Microsoft Edge (released in January of this year, which the company recommends users switch to) has an “IE Mode” that allows you to utilize the latest browser but also an IE interface for older sites built for viewing in Explorer.

Although the switch to Edge hasn’t been seamless since its launch back in 2015, a recent study shows Microsoft’s latest browser might have a real security edge over Chrome and other competitors.

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