In a blog post yesterday, Microsoft announced that Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) in favour of the revamped Microsoft Edge browser. IE 11 is the last update to the memorable browser from 2013 that windows introduced to us some 25 years ago. Microsoft 365 apps and services includes all windows apps.

“Today, we’re announcing that Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) by this time next year” reads the announcement which further reveals that beginning November 30, 2020, the Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support IE 11, and beginning August 17, 2021, the remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support IE 11.

For the individuals or devices that will still have the application installed in their computers, the blog post assures that they will have what they have called a “degraded experience” where new features will not be available or existing features will not work. They will also not be able to connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services.

“While we know this change will be difficult for some customers, we believe that customers will get the most of Microsoft 365 when using the new Microsoft Edge” it reads.

According to the announcement, the decision to abandon IE 11 results from the fact that the internet is more sophisticated today, with open web standards and newer browsers that have “enabled better, more innovative online experiences.”