Internet Explorer / Edge
In 2020, these statements were made official:
Microsoft 365 says Farewell to IE 11
|30-11-2020||MS Teams stops supporting IE 11|
|31-12-2020||Azure DevOps Services stops supporting IE 11|
|31-03-2021||Azure Portal stops supporting IE 11|
|17-08-2021||Microsoft ends support for IE 11 across Microsoft 365 Apps, and other web services like Office 365, OneDrive, and Outlook.|
Windows 10 Sunsets Edge Legacy
|31-12-2020||Azure DevOps Services stops supporting Edge Legacy|
|09-03-2021||End of Windows updates for Edge Legacy|
|13-04-2021||Future Windows 10 updates will remove Edge Legacy|
Microsoft Edge Legacy
Edge was the default browser for Windows 10.
The first versions of Edge (12-18), are now referred to as "Edge Legacy".
Edge Legacy was not available for Windows 7 or Windows 8.
The Microsoft support for Edge Legacy ended on March 9, 2021.
Future Windows updates will replace Edge Legacy with The New Edge.
The New Edge
The new Microsoft Edge is Chromium based with Blink and V8 engines.
It was released in January 2020, and is available for Windows 7, 8, and 10.
It can also be downloaded for macOS, iOS, and Android.
The new Edge follows the Modern Lifecycle Policy (updates are released on an approximate six-week cycle).
IE 11 is still a component of many Windows operating system and follows the Lifecycle Policy for the product on which it is installed:
|Windows Embedded Compact 7||Internet Explorer 7|
|Windows Embedded Compact 2013||Internet Explorer 7|
|Windows 7||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows 8.X||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows 10||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows Server 2012||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows Server 2012 R2||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows Server 2016||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows Embedded Standard 7||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows Embedded POSReady 7||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows Thin PC||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows Embedded 8 Standard||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows 8.1 Industry Update||Internet Explorer 11|
Many older PCs (like in public libraries) are still using Internet Explorer.
Many legacy web applications are using Internet Explorer.
Many legacy web applications are using Internet Explorer runtime DLLs.
Many AJAX based applications are using Microsoft ActiveX components.
In order to ease the migration from Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge offers Internet Explorer mode, providing backward compatibility and enabling customers to continue to run legacy web applications.
Furthermore, some governments recommends continuing to support IE11: