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  • Microsoft announces the end of Internet Explorer support on certain Windows 10 versions
  • Microsoft Edge replaces the Internet Explorer with its IE mode
  • Microsoft promises not to lift the support for the Edge IE mode until 2029

Microsoft Edge will replace the Internet Explorer on Windows 10 as the aged browser officially retires in June 2022.

In a May 19 blog post, Sean Lyndersay, a Microsoft Edge program manager, officially announced that the future of the Internet Explorer in Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge. He opened with the statement confirming that they are on the next stage of ditching Internet Explorer 11.

Along with the assurance that Microsoft Edge is capable of taking over the IE on Windows 10, Microsoft confirmed that the desktop application for Internet Explorer 11 will end on June 15, 2022. This means that certain versions of Windows will no longer receive an update on the compatibility solution, The Verge reported.

Lyndersay said that Microsoft Edge, the company’s newer browser which released in 2015, is faster, more secure, and is capable of more modern browsing. He assured the public that the Edge is able to address the browser’s compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications because of its built-in Internet Explorer mode (IE mode).

Microsoft earlier announced the end of its Microsoft 365 apps suite on Internet Explorer 11. The Redmond giant said last year that its latest Office application will no longer support IE 11 beginning Aug. 17, 2021. In the same year, Microsoft also cut support for Internet Explorer for the Microsoft Teams web app.

Since it launched the Microsoft Edge in 2015, the Redmond giant started calling the Internet Explorer a compatibility solution and no longer a browser. Microsoft also urged people and businesses to stop using the Internet Explorer instead encouraged them to go for the Microsoft Edge and its IE mode.

Back in 2019, Microsoft created the IE mode for Edge with the aim to make businesses and individuals migrate to a new Chromium-based browser from the Internet Explorer.

The Microsoft Edge IE mode allows businesses to load old sites using the IE rendering engine directly to the new Edge Chromium-based browser.

The company promised not to lift the support for the Edge IE mode until 2029 considering the surprising amount of individuals and businesses that still rely on ActiveX controls and legacy sites.

Microsoft clarified that the “retirement does not affect in-market Windows 10 LTSC or Server Internet Explorer 11 desktop applications.”

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