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MICROSOFT has plans to retire Internet Explorer 11 – here’s everything you need to know.
The tech giant is expected to officially phase out Internet Explorer 11 on June 15, 2022.
In a FAQ, Microsoft specified that it was only ending support for Internet Explorer on Windows 10 20H2 and later.
Internet Explorer 11 desktop applications on other Windows versions, including Windows 8.1; Windows 7 ESU, Windows SAC, or Windows 10 IoT LTSC will be unaffected by the change.
Microsoft Edge, which has a built-in Internet Explorer mode, is serving as the long-running browser’s replacement.
“Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications,” Microsoft said in a blog post last year.
How to prepare for the phase-out
First, users will want to enable Internet Explorer mode within Edge.
To do this, open Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 and then tap on Settings and More in the top-right corner.
Select the Settings option and click on Default browser.
Under the “Internet Explorer compatibility” section, toggle “Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode and then hit on Restart.
Users also have the option of making Edge their primary browser.
To do this, go to the Edge Settings menu, and then to the “Profiles” header in the left-hand menu.
From there, tap on “Import browser data” and select “Microsoft Internet Explorer” from the top drop-down menu.
Next, click on “Import” and Edge should configure itself in the same way Internet Explorer was set up.
Microsoft said they do not advise users to avoid or skip Windows updates to keep IE11, “as Windows updates contain critical operating system security patches”.
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