How to Continue Using Internet Explorer in 2022
Magda Pokrywka

Internet Explorer, the online browser that you either love or loathe, or both, is being phased out by Microsoft in favor of Edge, a Chromium-based browser that will be available soon. Most consumers will not be inconvenienced by this; nevertheless, the impact on organizations will vary from security issues to the failure of LOB online apps and the inability to use important shortcuts. The old web browser has been mostly ignored by most users for years, but Microsoftwill finally hammer the last nail in the coffin of Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022, when it will be replaced by Microsoft Edge.

Which versions are no longer supported?

Microsoft announced in August 2020 that support for Internet Explorer 11 would be phased out for certain applications such as Microsoft Teams (30 November 2020) and Microsoft 365 (17 August 2021), and in May 2021, they announced that support for certain versions of Windows 10 would be phased out on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10.

After Microsoft ends its support for Internet Explorer 11, security will be one of the most pressing concerns for anyone who chooses to continue using the browser. Any vulnerability that is identified after June 2022 will not be repaired, and hackers will have a direct line of entry into your whole business at that time. Even in the absence of big vulnerability disclosure, Edge and other current browsers provide much greater protection against common security threats such as phishing and malware. If you want to continue using Internet Explorer during your migration, you should take extra precautions such as firewalls and VPNs. If you aim to protect your security and privacy, it would help to check out the Wireguard feature of PIA VPNs which is quite fast and convenient for using VPN protection on browsers.

Another issue that might develop with non-security essential upgrades, such as software/hardware incompatibilities, is that line-of-business critical applications, particularly those that are browser-based, will not function correctly with IE 11.

Combining migrations or remaining is a viable option

Especially for enterprises who haven't yet made the switch to Windows 10 or Office/Microsoft 365 but need to do so, coupling a browser upgrade (to Edge or another) makes a lot of sense. Companies must act quickly to avoid being forced to support outdated Windows 10 versions (1909 and 2004), as well as Microsoft 365 services, which have already ceased supporting Internet Explorer 11 (resulting in a worse user experience).

We propose (following the Windows’ guideline) the following three actions to begin setting up Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode to prepare your company for the deadline of June 15, 2022:

-Please see the Internet Explorer mode website for further information.

-Utilize the Forrester Consulting Total Economic ImpactTM estimating tool to create a customized cost-benefit analysis of Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer mode for your firm. You'll also get access to the Getting Started guide.

-You may find useful checklists, instructional videos, and access to no-cost support resources like FastTrack and App Assure, which can assist you with deployment as well as website and application compatibility.

-If you already have an Enterprise Mode Site List from Internet Explorer, you can utilize that instead. The fact that you're reusing your Enterprise Mode Site List indicates that you're well on your way to setting up IE mode.

Site List Management in the Microsoft Cloud:

Microsoft launched a new solution for IT professionals that enables enterprises to continue utilizing Internet Explorer (IE) technology for their Web sites and Web apps

This new tool, dubbed "Cloud Site List Management," is now available to the public, having achieved commercial-release status at the level of "wide availability." Cloud Site List Management can work with IE mode of current Microsoft Edge browser. IE Mode is a solution that allows the Edge browser to simulate several Internet Explorer technologies.

The release also specified how long users would be able to utilize the IE Mode feature in the Edge browser to simulate earlier technologies until they are no longer supported. It was announced by Microsoft that IE Mode in Edge will be "supported through at least 2029."

Final Verdict

Throughout the years, the web browser experienced various redesigns and modifications before its final version, Internet Explorer 11, was introduced in 2013 alongside Windows 8.

After discontinuing support for the browser in November of last year, Microsoft Teams is now no longer supported by the browser.

Users, aside from the businesses that will continue to use Internet Explorer in conjunction with the aforementioned hybrid solutions, will have until June 2022 when the Internet Explorer desktop application will no longer be maintained or accessible for download.