Microsoft starts taking desperate steps to stop you using Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer and Edge

Microsoft really doesn’t want you to use Internet Explorer to
browse popular websites, such as YouTube, StackExchange,
Instagram, Twitter, Disney Hotstar, and more. Starting this
week, if you open these websites in Internet Explorer, you’ll
be redirected to
Microsoft Edge 87.

This move could help improve the market share of the
Chromium-based Edge browser, which was launched earlier this
year. Microsoft believes that modern Edge offers better
compatibility with these websites, and
Internet Explorer’s time is soon coming to an end.

Microsoft has compiled a list of more than one thousand sites
and those sites will no longer work in Internet Explorer. If
you attempt to open popular sites in Internet Explorer, you
will get redirected to Edge and there’s no way to go back to
the legacy browser.

Internet Explorer alert

As you can see in the above screenshot, Microsoft Edge will
display a pop-up notification when you get redirected from
Internet Explorer. Microsoft is allowing users to enable
‘Internet Explorer mode’ in Edge if they want to use their
legacy sites in the new browser.

Microsoft has also published new Group Policies to disable the
forced redirect. Another way to avoid the redirect is not to
have Microsoft Edge installed on your system, but this is not
an effective workaround as the Edge browser will be added to
your system again with future Windows updates.

Next year,
Microsoft will officially drop support for Internet Explorer
and Microsoft Edge (legacy), which means the company
will no longer release patches for the browser.

If you don’t use Internet Explorer but you have it installed or
enabled for some reasons, you can turn it off by following
these steps:

  • Open Settings
  • Click on ‘Apps’
  • Under ‘Apps & features’, click on ‘Optional feature’
    Internet Explorer optional feature
  • Select Internet Explorer and click on ‘Uninstall’.

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