Microsoft is killing off Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer’s days are numbered.

The veritable internet browser that goes all the way back to the halcyon days of Windows 95 is being put out to pasture.

Microsoft announced that it will axe the program in August 17, 2021 as it puts all its resources into the Edge browser.

It will no longer be supported by Microsoft’s suite of services, including Office 365, OneDrive or Outlook.

‘Customers have been using IE 11 since 2013 when the online environment was much less sophisticated than the landscape today. Since then, open web standards and newer browsers—like the new Microsoft Edge—have enabled better, more innovative online experiences,’ the company said.

‘We believe that Microsoft 365 subscribers, in both consumer and commercial contexts, will be well served with this change through faster and more responsive web access to greater sets of features in everyday toolsets like Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, and more.’

Technically speaking, Internet Explorer will still exist buried in the bowels of Windows 10 – but it’s not going to work with any of Microsoft’s apps anytime soon.

And it should be pointed out that Edge does have an Internet Explorer 11 ‘compatability mode’ that should help any holdouts make the move over.

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