Microsoft killed off the Internet Explorer brand nearly five
years ago for Microsoft Edge, which was introduced as a modern
browser with Windows 10 in 2015. Even as the market share of
Windows 10 continued to climb on the expense of Windows 7,
traffic from Microsoft Edge dropped rapidly.
That effort failed because of a series of strategic mistakes
and Microsoft later decided to dump its own homegrown EdgeHTML
for Google-funded Chromium open-source platform.
In January 2020, Microsoft formally announced the new
Chromium-based Edge browser and Microsoft also introduced a
bunch of new features, including
support for Chrome extensions, themes and vertical tabs,
which were missing in the older version, now known as ‘legacy
Chromium Edge is also no longer tied into Windows 10’s biannual
updates and features for the new browser are released on a
6-week cycle (approximately.)
Today, Microsoft confirmed that it will no longer support that
browser with security or bug-fixing updates next year.
The company is currently planning to drop support for the
UWP-based classic Edge browser on March 9, 2021.
In addition, Microsoft also confirmed that it will phase out
support for the Internet Explorer 11 on Microsoft 365 in a
year. Microsoft will drop support for Teams in Internet
Explorer on November 30, while the rest of the services will
stop supporting the browser from August 17, 2021.
If you continue to use Internet Explorer after a year from
today, you’ll get a degraded or broken experience on Microsoft
365 services, including Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft Edge rollout is expanding
Chromium-based Edge is being gradually deployed by Windows
Update to PCs which are running Windows 10 version 1709 or
newer. Earlier this month, Microsoft also started feeding the
browser to education and business devices.
In addition, Microsoft said that
Windows 10 version 20H2, which is scheduled to begin
rolling out later this year, will come pre-installed with the
new browser for the first time.
By March 2021, when Microsoft plans to drop support for classic
Edge, it is likely that the active user-base will migrate
manually or automatically to the Chromium Edge.