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RIP: Internet Explorer has been officially disabled

Seriously, it’s 2022. It’s time to find a new browser.

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UPDATE 2/15/2023: Microsoft released an Edge update on February 14, 2023 that permanently disables Internet Explorer from many versions of Windows 10. RIP to a legend. The original 2022 report follows below.

It’s finally time to put Internet Explorer (IE) out to pasture. Microsoft is officially ending support for Internet Explorer in most of its variants tomorrow, June 15.

Honestly, it’s time for IE to retire. First introduced in 1995, with the release of Windows 95, Internet Explorer literally took the internet by storm. Last year, Microsoft gave the timeline for retirement, and it’s finally here.

On June 15, Internet Explorer 11 will be officially retired for Windows 10 clients and Windows 10 IoT versions.

That means if you’re a home user of Windows 10, you’ll have to make the switch to another, more modern browser, like Chrome or Edge.

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It’s not a clean break for Microsoft. IE Mode in Microsoft Edge will work until 2029.

Many legacy apps still require IE to access, so this time gives companies and developers the chance to modernize their apps. Those include apps built on Access, which used to need IE for web browser control.

Microsoft isn’t ending IE support for Windows Server LTSC, IE Mode in Edge, IE 11 desktop on Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (with Extended Security Updates), Windows Server 2022, Windows 10 client LTSC, or Windows 10 IoT LTSC.

IE Mode in Edge will be available until 2029. You’ve got seven years to fix your only-accessible-in-IE apps. Seven years. Fix them.

IE 11 has been around for nearly a decade, and now it’ll only live on in memes.

If you’ve not moved to a modern browser by now, here are some words of wisdom from our founder. “Seriously, stop using Internet Explorer.”

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Maker, meme-r, and unabashed geek with nearly half a decade of blogging experience at KnowTechie, SlashGear and XDA Developers. If it runs on electricity (or even if it doesn't), Joe probably has one around his office somewhere, with particular focus in gadgetry and handheld gaming. Shoot him an email at joe@knowtechie.com.

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