Microsoft Replacing Internet Explorer With Edge Browser since Internet Explorer is proving to be a challenging web browser to kill, and it’s not for lack of trying on Microsoft’s part.
In August of last year (2020), Micro mapped out a path in replacing Internet Explorer which means ending Microsoft Teams support of the browser by November 30, 2020. Plans to end Microsoft Edge Legacy support by the browser in March 2021.
No More Support
Teams users no longer receive any support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 11. This means Teams new and planned features aren’t guaranteeing to work on the old platform. If you’re using the web version of Teams and you’re still using Internet Explorer 11, you’ll find that you can’t access Teams at all. The web version checks your browser and will display a message telling you that the app is incompatible with your browser and recommending an upgrade, or alternately, to make use of the desktop client.
It’s easy to understand why Internet Explorer still has such a dedicated following even though the Internet Explorer browser is outdated and riddled with security flaws. There was a time when it was the dominant browser on the web, and tens of thousands of businesses worldwide design apps for use with Internet Explorer.
It will take a serious investment in both time and money to re-create those apps. Some apps have to optimize for some other browser, and it’s not an expense some companies can bear. Even the ones that can handle the expense, the companies have to weigh the legacy system re-design against more pressing current IT projects, and often, the money isn’t there to do it all.
Unfortunately, as Microsoft comes closer to replacing Internet Explorer with Edge Browser, companies who have been putting the replacement off will find themselves scrambling for a last-minute solution. Don’t fall into that trap.