Washington (US), June 16: Internet Explorer users will be automatically redirected to Microsoft's Edge browser over the next few months as the browser has officially retired.
Consumers and businesses that are still using the browser will start receiving a notice redirecting them to Microsoft Edge, according to The Verge. The prompt and redirect are the first steps toward completely deleting Internet Explorer from existing PCs, and Microsoft aims to release an update in the future that will disable the old browser.
"Eventually, Internet Explorer will be disabled permanently as part of a future Windows Update, at which point the Internet Explorer icons on their devices will be removed," Sean Lyndersay, general manager of Microsoft Edge Enterprise, said.
Passwords, bookmarks, and settings from Internet Explorer will be transferred to Edge, and a "reload in IE mode" option will appear in the toolbar to make it easier to access the special mode that Microsoft has incorporated into Edge. Many legacy sites still use earlier ActiveX controls, which are supported by IE mode.
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The Internet Explorer retirement will affect all currently supported versions of Windows 10, including Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education, and IoT. Internet Explorer is already removed from Windows 11.
"Internet Explorer will not be immediately removed on all these versions today but will be progressively redirected to Microsoft Edge on all these devices over the next few months," Lyndersay added.
However, there will be one significant exception. "For certain versions of Windows currently in-support and used in critical environments, we will continue to support Internet Explorer on those versions until they go out of support," he stated.