Microsoft is betting everything on the new Edge, reborn last year based on the open source code of Google Chromium, and announces some important steps related to the end of support of its previous browsers: Internet Explorer 11 and the old Edge. Schematically:
- Internet Explorer 11: from 30 November 2020 it will no longer be possible to run the web version of Teams, while from 17 August 2021 (exactly one year from now) no Microsoft 365 web app (including Office) will work anymore. However, the browser will continue to function regularly, and all web apps developed by third parties for that platform (common practice in the business environment, which has much slower renewal cycles than in the consumer world) will not suffer any backlash. It is also important to remember that the new Microsoft Edge includes an "Internet Explorer mode" which activates the old Trident MSHTML engine to correctly display the sites that require it.
- Microsoft Edge legacy: The version of the browser based on the proprietary EdgeHTML engine will reach "end of life" status on March 9, 2021. This means that Microsoft will no longer release updates, not even security ones, for the browser. It is however important to note that at this point the new Edge is deployed on Windows Update as an automatic update of the old app.
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