Farewell, Internet Explorer

On June 15, 2022, Internet Explorer (IE) retired officially and out of support.

At one point, IE was one of the most common web browser. However, with the rise of competitors like Chrome and Safari, along with IE’s regularly failing to adhere to the World Wide Web Consortium guidelines, rare updates, security issues, and lack of marketing, the browser’s over 25 year existence has come to an end.

Because of IE’s shortcomings, Microsoft replaced it in 2015 with the Edge browser. Edge provides a faster, more secure, more modern browsing experience, and was also more compatible with different websites and applications.

What if you use Internet Explorer?

So what happens now if you are still using Internet Explorer?

For the next few months, when a user opens IE, they will encounter redirection to Microsoft Edge with IE mode. However, a future Windows update will permanently disable IE. At that time, the IE icons will also be deleted. To aid with the transition in the meantime, user data such as settings, passwords, and favorites will be imported from IE to Microsoft Edge. This process aims to streamline the shift between browsers.

Microsoft Edge with IE mode exists because some websites only function properly with IE and don’t work correctly on other browsers. If a user tries visit a website that doesn’t work properly or if the website asks them to open it using IE, they can click on the “Reload in IE mode” button. Microsoft has committed to supporting Microsoft Edge with IE mode through at least 2029.

The best and easiest action is to go ahead and start using Microsoft Edge instead of waiting to be redirected. In Windows, Microsoft Edge can be opened from the start menu or the Edge icon on the desktop or taskbar.

If you need help importing your data from IE, follow the steps provided in this video. You can also contact us if you have any questions or need additional help.

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