Microsoft is planning to completely sunset the services and support for Internet Explorer in November

Internet Explorer may have gotten really old and antiquated; the browser still has an almost 5% of market share. If you are amongst the limited and loyal users of Internet Explorer, there is bad news for you. Microsoft has been trying to end the support for its age-old browser and is trying to urge the users to use Microsoft Edge, which is a Chromium-based browser for some time. But now, Microsoft has made some announcements which reveal that the company is going to take some active measures in this regard.

Back in August, Microsoft announced in a blog post that the company is going to disable support for Internet Explorer and its various services from November.

Some of these services that are offered by Microsoft through IE include ‘emails to corporate customers,’ which will be disabled from 13th November 2020. Internet Explorer will not be able to log into any of the Microsoft accounts.

From 30th November, Microsoft Teams will also lose the support for Internet Explorer 11, and eventually, all support for Internet Explorer will permanently come to an end across all of its services from 17th August 2021.

Another important and immediate step that the company is taking to push the users from IE to Edge is that for incompatible sites on Internet Explorer, users will be automatically redirected towards the Edge browser to continue their browsing.

This automatic redirection has already begun with the recent versions of Microsoft Edge. Whenever a person tries to visit an incompatible site like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft Teams, ESPN, Yahoo Mail, Google Drive, and a lot more, they will be redirected towards Microsoft Edge browser through an ‘Internet Explorer Browser Helper Object (BHO)’ which is named as “IEtoEdge BHO.”

When a user will begin browsing on IE, this BHO will detect if a website is incompatible with IE. And if it is so, then this BHO will open the site in the Edge browser for the user to continue browsing.

While redirecting the user towards Edge, Microsoft will also show prompts to them to encourage them to migrate their data including Favorites, Passwords, Search engines, opened tabs, History, settings, cookies, and the Home Page from IE to Edge.

Microsoft will also prompt these users to set Edge as their default browser.

As of now, the company is also introducing some new templates for group policy that will allow the users to gain more control over this redirection process. They will also be allowed to prevent the installation of the “IEtoEdge BHO” in Internet Explorer if they want, and they will also be able to disable these redirects. Another group policy template will allow admins to disable the redirection alert in Edge.

According to the Bleeping Computer’s report, this redirection alert has already started appearing in Microsoft Edge version 86.0.622.51, whereas a support document of Microsoft suggested that these redirection alerts will begin appearing from 17th November with Microsoft Edge 87.


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