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Microsoft to Phase Out Internet Explorer

For quite some time now, Microsoft has been phasing out the use of Internet Explorer as a web browser. If you’re still using Internet Explorer, we understand — it can be hard, and even costly, to make a major change, especially when it impacts your entire company. But, with Microsoft drawing a line in the sand, it’s clear that it will only get harder and harder to use Internet Explorer.

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You’ve probably noticed that other web browsers — like Google Chrome, Safari and Microsoft Edge — are more widely used nowadays than Internet Explorer. Why? Because the newer browsers have simpler, more user friendly interfaces, and they’re more up to date when it comes to supporting web programs and apps. Additionally, Internet Explorer has been criticized for being slower and less secure than some of the newer browsers.

If you’re still using Internet Explorer, there’s no need to feel bad about it. It’s sort of like a tape deck or 8 track — it worked well for a long time, but it’s just not compatible with new technologies.

At Infomedia, our clients are our highest priority, and we want to keep you informed about anything that may affect your website. Recently, Microsoft released some big news in regards to the future of Internet Explorer:

  • Beginning November 30, 2020 the Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support Internet Explorer 11
  • Beginning August 17, 2021, the remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11

While there’s still some time to prepare for these changes, this news ultimately means that Microsoft will be sunsetting Internet Explorer in 2021. While this news seems like a big deal, it shouldn’t have much of an impact on your website. Going forward, we’d recommend upgrading to a browser like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge — that way your programs, web apps and website will live on a browser that’s responsive and up to date.

Alana Harmond

About Alana

Alana has always had a love for writing and all things creative. She graduated from UAB with a degree in Marketing and concentration in social media management, and she now carries her passion into her position at Infomedia as Content Strategist. When she’s not typing up copy for a client’s website or providing a continuous supply of pink Starbursts to her officemates, you can find Alana hanging out with her friends and her cats, Iver and Rosy. She also enjoys singing and playing guitar, taking care of 90+ houseplants, and compiling her “one second every day” video.

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