As of August 17, 2021, Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) will no longer be supported by Microsoft's 365 applications and services.
However, support for IE11 with the Microsoft Teams web application will end a little earlier this November 30th.
The news was announced by Microsoft on Monday (August 17th).
The tech giant stated that based on the above data, customers have a "degraded" experience or are unable to connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services on IE11.
It has also been said that new Microsoft 365 features will be "unavailable" for degraded experiences or that certain features may "stop working" when accessed through IE11.
IE11 is being replaced by the new Microsoft Edge, which is said to be "faster, more efficient and cleaner".
According to Microsoft, the new browser is based on the "Chromium Open Source Engine with the latest Microsoft Enterprise functions", which basically means that it is similar to Google Chrome.
Since its release in January, "Millions of Users" have updated their home and work browsers to the new Microsoft Edge.
The end of an era
Microsoft has been working to reduce Internet Explorer usage for years.
The company introduced its new Edge browser back in 2015 and described Internet Explorer as a "compatibility solution" rather than a browser.
However, it will definitely be difficult to stop some users from using Internet Explorer. After all, it has been around since August 1995.
In the late 1990s to early 2000s, Internet Explorer was one of the most popular browsers.
However, by the mid to late 2000s, Internet Explorer's market share steadily declined, no doubt reinforced by alternative browsers like Google Chrome.
"Customers have been using IE11 since 2013, when the online environment was much less demanding than the landscape today," said Microsoft.
"Since then, open web standards and newer browsers – like the new Microsoft Edge – have enabled better and more innovative online experiences."
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