Believe it or not, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still alive. But not for long.
If you’re one of those people who still depend on Internet Explorer (hi, Dad!), Microsoft has some bad news: Microsoft will officially end support for the Internet Explorer desktop app on June 15, 2022.
Replacing? Microsoft Edge, which already has a built-in “Internet Explorer mode”. Microsoft said in 2019 that it planned to add an IE mode in Edge, and the virtualized browser continues to work as a configurable mode in Microsoft Edge. This is important because the modern Edge browser is simply more secure than Internet Explorer ever was. And you can’t say that Microsoft didn’t signal IE demise, essentially preventing users from accessing hundreds of sites through IE at the end of 2020.
“Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it’s also able to address a key concern: compatibility with older legacy websites and apps,” Microsoft explained. in a blog post last year. .
However, there are exceptions. In a technical FAQ, Microsoft noted that it will only phase out Internet Explorer on Windows 10 20H2 and later. (Eventually, however, earlier versions of Windows 10 will also end support.) If you’re still stuck on Windows 8.1, the end-of-life notice won’t apply either. And for app developers who embed web content through the MSHTML (Trident) engine, the app remains unaffected by the retirement of IE11 and will continue to be supported, Microsoft said.
How to Enable Internet Explorer Mode in Edge
Fortunately, the way to enable Internet Explorer mode in Edge has not changed. First, of course, your PC will need to have Microsoft Edge, which will likely reside in your PC’s taskbar. IE mode can be enabled through Edge settings.
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In the address bar of Microsoft Edge, type bord://settings/default browser and click Walk in. Alternatively, you can also go to the Edge Settings menu and scroll down to Default browser. Drag the Allow sites to reload in Internet Explorer switch to On to enable compatibility mode. Here you can also choose when to launch sites in IE mode, including Still. Then you will need to restart your browser.
Of course, Microsoft hopes you’ll just decide to use Edge instead. If you want to make Edge your default browser, go to Edge’s Settings menu again and then to Profiles header in the left menu. From there, select Import browser dataand select Microsoft Internet Explorer in the top drop-down menu. Click on Import and Edge will configure itself the same way Internet Explorer was configured.
Microsoft has a more technical explanation for its decision to retire Internet Explorer, below.
This story was updated on May 24, 2022 with a reminder of Microsoft’s decision.