It has been the big one since the late 90’s, but now this old dinosaur is gone. As of June 15, 2022, Microsoft stopped supporting this web browser for good.

Since its beginning in 1995, IE held the market share when it came to browsers. However, with the development and rise of new technologies such as google Chrome, IE became less and less relevant.

Fast forward 9 years to 2014, and IE is stilling taking most of the market with about 59% market share across the globe. Chrome lagging behind at only 21%. Then, only 2 years later, Chrome takes top spot followed by the newcomer to the field, Safari.

Microsoft began hinting at the demise of Internet Explorer in 2015 with the introduction of Microsoft Edge. We all saw it coming. Edge would soon “edge out” IE as Microsoft’s default browser. It was only a matter of time.

It’s inevitable. Technologies eventually evolve and old tech dwindles away. Remember Adobe Flash?

So if IE has reached the end of it’s life, what does that mean for you and your practice?

Microsoft Will Suggest using “IE Mode” in Edge

Microsoft has set up a kind of redirect for IE users, and over the coming months all attempts to open IE will result in this redirect. Open up the old IE browser and you will land in Edge in “IE mode”.

This is an attempt to ease the transition. IE mode makes it possible to continue to use legacy sites that operated best in Internet Explorer.

Even though you will still see the famous Internet Explorer icon on your desktop when using this mode (for now), it is actually Microsoft Edge.

Bye Bye, IE Icons

Although the IE icons will still appear in menus and task bars, it is only temporary. At some point, in a future update, Microsoft will remove them for good. You can count on that.

Transfer the Data

Don’t worry, your bookmarks, favourite’s, passwords (wait, are you saving passwords in your browser? You need to stop that!) etc will come along for the ride. To make the transition smoother, Microsoft will be importing all of these settings into Edge so you don’t miss a beat.

If IE is Gone, What Do I Do Now?

Uninstall It

Keeping old technology on your systems is risky business, especially when it is no longer supported by the vendor. Cybercriminals absolutely love outdated technology that no longer receives security updates as it is an easy backdoor into your world. It’s an open invitation. So uninstall it now.

Did you know that outdated technology costs businesses approximately 47% more when they suffer a data breach. As compared to those with updated tools.

Move all those stored setting to either Microsoft Edge, or your favourite browser. Then say goodbye to that old friend and uninstall IE for good.

Train Employees On How to Use IE Mode

Don’t be got in a situation where your practice is not ready for the retirement of internet Explorer. Teach employees how to use Edge in IE mode.

This will avoid all those cries for help when coming across legacy sites that may still require IE to work properly.

No need to be left scrambling. Scrambling is a productivity killer indeed.

So train them so they know exactly what to do. You can even automate IE mode for end users so that it launches automatically.

Show Employees what Microsoft Edge Has to Offer

Microsoft Edge offers a ton of benefits over IE, including being faster and more responsive.

With all new tools, proficient use by employees will require a learning phase. Do it right and take the time to have your employees trained on using Microsoft Edge.

Your business will thank you.

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