Microsoft has announced that it'll be ending support for Internet Explorer 11 on November 30th, quietly putting a bullet in the back of the head of a web browser that's been around for 25 years. Granted I actually don't know anyone who uses Explorer for anything other than installing a different browser on a new computer, but those of us of a certain age will remember it fondly... because it was literally our only choice.
In addition to ending Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft also confirmed that all remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support the browser from August 17th, 2021.
"Today, we're announcing that Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) by this time next year," the company wrote in a blog update.
"This means that after the above dates, customers will have a degraded experience or will be unable to connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services on IE 11. For degraded experiences, new Microsoft 365 features will not be available or certain features may cease to work when accessing the app or service via IE 11.
"While we know this change will be difficult for some customers, we believe that customers will get the most out of Microsoft 365 when using the new Microsoft Edge. We are committed to helping make this transition as smooth as possible. We believe that Microsoft 365 subscribers, in both consumer and commercial contexts, will be well served with this change through faster and more responsive web access to greater sets of features in everyday toolsets like Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, and more."
My very first memories of Internet Explorer will be forever entwined with the unreliable dial-up connection at my parent's house. As you can imagine, my internet experience as a kid was abysmal. I'll never forget waiting most of the day just for the very first trailer for The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess to buffer, only for my mum to take a call on the landline and end my connection just as it was ready to watch.