Microsoft will largely end support for Internet Explorer 11 on Wednesday

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Microsoft will largely stop supporting Internet Explorer on Wednesday. The manufacturer is discontinuing support for the browser on systems running Windows 10 20H2 and later versions of this OS.

From June 15 Microsoft no longer supports Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 Semi Annual Channel, which in practice means that the desktop browser is no longer on Windows 10 October 2020 Update and later versions of Windows 10 is supported. In addition, support on Windows 10 IoT 20H2 and later ends on Wednesday. On Windows 11, the desktop browser is not present; there Edge is the default browser.

IE will continue to be supported on some server versions, old operating systems, and software with long-term support. These are Windows 8.1, Windows 7 with Extended Security Updates, Windows Server LTSC, Windows Server 2022, Windows 10 LTSC, and Windows 10 IoT LTSC. In addition, Microsoft will continue to support the browser on multiple Windows Embedded versions. IE will continue to receive security updates on those systems.

In the months following the end of support for IE 11, Microsoft will be moving to its Edge browser. In a next phase, an update will appear that permanently disables the browser. Alternatively, there’s IE mode in Edge, which will remain supported until at least 2029. Specific sites can be opened with the Trident Mshtml engine of IE.

Ending support is another step towards the end of Internet Explorer. Microsoft released the first version of this browser in 1995 as part of Windows 95. Internet Explorer 11 was released in October 2013.

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