Beware the looming retirement of Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer

Fair warning! There are two types of people in this world. Those who use Internet Explorer, and those who don’t. Thankfully, the former variety is a dwindling stock, as most folks have moved on from IE.

That said, there still are some holdouts — particularly in the enterprise space.

Microsoft, however, is ready to move on from the classic web browser for a while now. The company has already penciled in a date for when Internet Explorer will sail into the sunset. And that date inches closer and closer.

Internet Explorer 11 is the latest version of this vintage browser. Wildly famous in its day and age, the program is now set to be officially retired on June 15.

And for this reason, Redmond is now eager to get everybody prepared for this major milestone. It has published a new reminder, telling the world to abandon Internet Explorer as the end of the browser is fast approaching.

“With roughly six weeks left until the Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application retires on June 15, 2022, you and your organization may have entered your final stages of preparation. You’ve identified any IE-dependent sites used by your organization; you’ve compiled those sites into an enterprise mode site list for IE mode; you’ve designated any needed neutral sites and tested those sites to ensure IE mode works as expected.

Now you just have to wait until IE is disabled after June 15…. Right? That is one approach, but we know that waiting for something to happen can be stressful, especially with complex IT environments. So instead of waiting, we recommend that you schedule your own internal retirement date—the best way to prepare for IE disablement after June 15, is to proactively retire IE in your organizations before June 15.”

Wise words.

The company provides a series of recommendations for enterprises still running Internet Explorer, recommending them to switch to Microsoft Edge as that browser comes with a built-in IE mode that allows users to load certain websites in compatibility mode using Internet Explorer.

The time, Microsoft says, is now to make sure IE mode is up and running, then schedule the internal IE retirement date, and prepare users for the migration.

That done, IT admins should deploy the dedicated policy to disable Internet Explorer in all devices.

June 15.