Microsoft said it would stop supporting classic Edge and IE 11. The company has published a schedule for the end of support for Internet Explorer 11 and Edge (a version based on its own engine).
The whole process will be carried out in stages: from November 30, 2020, support for IE 11 will be discontinued in the Microsoft Teams service, after March 9, 2021, Microsoft will stop delivering updates for Edge (including security updates), and from August 17, 2021, many services such like OneDrive, Outlook and others will completely stop working with IE 11.
Support will be discontinued also for Office 365.
“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 IE11”, — say Microsoft specialists.
However, the company will not completely abandon Internet Explorer 11, as the browser is a component of the Windows operating system and will only end after expiration of OS version, on which it is installed.
The company noted that users will still be able to access sites specifically designed for Internet Explorer until the tech giant stops supporting the browser in Windows 10.
Microsoft launched an updated version of Edge based on the Chromium engine in January, which was prompted to be downloaded manually from the website. In June, the company began distributing Edge through Windows Software Updates to Windows 10 users (Builds 1803, 1809, 1903, and 1909). With the release of Windows 10 20H2, scheduled for fall, Edge will be included in Windows 10. It is noted that the browser will support IE11 via Internet Explorer mode.
“With the new Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer mode, customers don’t need an awkward workaround of one browser for some apps and another for other apps. They can standardize on one browser and seamlessly experience the best of the modern web in one tab while accessing a business-critical legacy IE 11 app in another tab – all housed within the new Microsoft Edge”, — explained the developers.
Microsoft also touted the Edge browser in every possible way and was glad that the company’s customers would test it.
End of support schedule for Edge and IE 11:
Let me remind you that the company has been burning Windows 7 for a long time, and appeared a critical vulnerability for IE, Windows 7 clients, as expected, did not receive a patch from it. That time it turned out that these clients were not so few. The Free Software Foundation suggested a way out and asked Microsoft to open the source code for Windows 7, but the company did not respond to these requests.