Microsoft finally says goodbye to Internet Explorer: the official date

The very long agony of Internet Explore is about to end: finally Microsoft has announced the "end of life" date of its old and dangerous browser.

In 2022 we'll have to say goodbye to Internet Explorer.

In 2022 we'll have to say goodbye to Internet Explorer.

The announcement, with a post on the Microsoft blog, was made by the partner group manager of Microsoft Edge Sean Lyndersay that, with the occasion, introduced the guidelines to allow in a simple and smooth transition to the proprietary browser based on Chromium, Edge.

The words of Lyndersay emphasize how the change will bring with it greater security and speed of use, as well as the ability to operate through what has been called "IE Mode", which is a special mode that allows you to run without blocks the websites optimized for Explorer on Edge. The support with "IE Mode" on Windows Clients, Servers and products of the IoT world will continue until 2029, with a communication that will arrive at least one year in advance - underlines the release - compared to the discontinuation of the service. It is, therefore, the last stops for the old software that, in August 2021, will see the interoperability with Microsoft 365 vanish as well. Those affected by this procedure will be a large number of Windows 10 users: release 11 of the desktop browser, released via the Semi-Annual Channel that twice a year releases updates and new features, will be removed from the client package of the latest OS in version 20H2 onwards and from IoT edition 20H2 and later.

Goodbye to Internet Explorer, the official date

Users currently using Internet Explorer should put the date of June 15, 2022, on the calendar, which will officially mark the official end of the outdated browser. There are just over 365 days left to complete the migration to Edge, which comes pre-installed on desktop and laptop computers running Windows 10.

For those who don't want to lose their personalized content, such as bookmarks, passwords and personal settings, the operation is simplified by taking advantage of the special guides developed by Redmond.

Internet Explorer, obsolete apps and sites: what will happen to them?

According to Lyndersay, after the changeover there will be many sites and applications built on Internet Explorer that will remain online and that, necessarily, will have to receive a thorough restyling. Specifically, organizations and businesses currently leverage some 1678 apps that, in the near future, will need a tweak to work optimally on the new browser.

For sure, the changes will have a long effect, as Microsoft Edge is expected to remain in force until at least 2029. In any case, in the post Lyndersay reminds that it will be possible to use IE Mode to make sure that, throughout the period after the transition, sites will continue to be operational. Best not to waste any time, though: all that's left to do is roll up our sleeves and get busy.