Internet Explorer has been removed by Microsoft

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Internet Explorer has been removed by Microsoft


Internet Explorer retires on June 15, 2022, after which it will be out of support and permanently disabled. Following industry best practices, the IE desktop application will be progressively redirected to Microsoft Edge over the following months, and ultimately disabled via Windows Update, to help ensure a smooth retirement.

Microsoft says

Customers are encouraged to move to Microsoft Edge, which provides support for legacy and modern websites and apps.

End of an Era

Internet Explorer was first released in 1995, making it 27 years old! It was first released with the Windows 95 operating system as an add-on package.

Going forward, if you need to access your legacy, Internet-Explorer based sites and apps, you can use Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode, which will officially replace the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application starting next year.

Design history of Internet Explorer /

What does this mean for you?

You’ll need to ensure you are migrated to an alternative browser, in which should be seamless with many offering in-migration tools to transfer items such as favourites and saved passwords.

However, potentially some legacy software will no longer run in any alternative up to date browser. Legacy banking systems, CCTV DVRs, etc. may end up with problems – we recommend rather than trying to limp on with out of date internet browsers, you speak with your vendors to get the latest firmware or newer solutions which should be compatible with browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, etc. Don’t become a victim of vulnerability from a security perspective by trying to relive end of life browsers!

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