Microsoft dumps Internet Explorer in Windows 10 21H2 preview build

Internet Explorer on Windows 10

Microsoft recently opened up a little about the transition to

Internet Explorer-free Windows 10 experience and revealed
that Chromium Edge is the future of Internet Explorer on the
operating system. After the announcement, changes have already
begun to appear in the preview builds of Windows 10’s next
feature update “Sun
Valley“.

The transformation may be complete but Microsoft isn’t doing
away with Internet Explorer completely. Initially, users of
Internet Explorer will be automatically redirected to Microsoft
Edge when they attempt to visit websites in the retired
browser. This change is now being tested with Insiders.

In the preview builds, Microsoft has started sending Internet
Explorer traffic to Microsoft Edge. This change is currently
available in Build 21387 or newer and it’s expected to go
live in the production channel in October or November. If
everything goes according to the plan, Windows 10 21H2 update
will disable IE11 by default.

Microsoft to retire Internet Explorer in 2022

In older versions, such as version 20H2 or version 2004 of
Windows 10, Internet Explorer will be retired in June of
2022. Microsoft has confirmed it will kill off defunct
Internet Explorer, and some Microsoft services can no longer be
accessed in the IE11 desktop app as part of the phased
discontinuation plan.

Internet Explorer shutdown

After the deadline of June 2022 has passed, users of the
unsupported browser will be redirected automatically to
Microsoft Edge (Chromium). If you bypass the redirect, you’ll
be able to use the browser with limited features. For example,
Microsoft 365 features, Microsoft account services and popular
websites will be unavailable.

Microsoft will, however, continue to honour the server version
of Internet Explorer and enterprise customers will be able to
access the retired browser for more months. However, it’s no
longer possible to use all Microsoft 365 apps via the browser.

Chromium-based Edge, which has replaced EdgeHTML-based Edge
Legacy, will remain the company’s new flagship offering. In an
announcement for business customers, Microsoft explained that
Chromium Edge delivers a host of security and quality features
that users might expect from a modern browsing solution.

In addition to IE11 changes, Windows 10 21H2 latest preview
build has also fixed numerous bugs.

For example, Microsoft fixed an issue where the post-upgrade
welcome screens displayed texts using a broken version of Times
New Roman font. Likewise, Microsoft has fixed another bug that
resulted in installation issues with Windows Updates,
particularly .NET updates.

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