But Microsoft hopes users will continue to use Internet Explorer Mode and its Edge browser.
Believe it or not, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still alive. But not for long.
If you are one of those people who still rely on Internet Explorer (and there are, I hope, not many such users), Microsoft has bad news: Microsoft will officially discontinue support for the Internet Explorer desktop application on June 15, 2022.
Replacement? Microsoft Edge, which already has built-in “Internet Explorer mode”. Microsoft said in 2019 that it plans to add IE mode within Edge, and the virtualized browser lives on as a configurable mode within Microsoft Edge. This is important because the modern Edge browser is simply safer than Internet Explorer has ever been. And you can’t say that Microsoft didn’t signal the disappearance of IE by basically triggering users to access hundreds of pages via IE in late 2020. “Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, safer, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it’s also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy sites and applications,” Microsoft explained in a blog post last year.
However, there are exceptions. In notices related to technical information, Microsoft noted that it will phase out Internet Explorer only on Windows 10 20H2 and later. However, earlier versions of Windows 10 will eventually stop supporting it. If you’re still stuck on Windows 8.1, no end-of-life notification will apply. And for application developers embedding web content via the MSHTML (Trident) mechanism, the application remained unchanged until the withdrawal of IE11 and will continue to be supported, Microsoft said.
How you can enable Internet Explorer mode or “Internet Explorer Mode” within Edge
Fortunately, the way Internet Explorer mode is enabled within Edge has not changed. First, of course, your computer must have Microsoft Edge, which will probably be on your computer’s taskbar. IE mode can be turned on via Edge settings.
Type in the Microsoft Edge address bar edge://settings/defaultbrowser and click Enter. Alternatively, you can also go to the Edge Settings menu and down to the Default Browser. Slide the Allow site reloading in Internet Explorer switch to On to enable compatibility mode. Here you can also choose when you want to run websites in IE mode, including Always. After that, you will need to restart your browser.
Of course, Microsoft hopes you’ll simply decide to use the Edge instead. If you want to set Edge as the default browser, go to the Edge Settings menu again, and then to the Profiles header in the left menu. From there, select Import browser data and select Microsoft Internet Explorer from the drop-down menu above. Click Import and Edge will be configured in the same way that Internet Explorer is set up.
Microsoft provides a more detailed and more technically oriented explanation for its decision to shut down Internet Explorer, which you can hear and see more about in this short video: