Microsoft begins killing Internet Explorer

Joanna Estrada
October 28, 2020

Microsoft has taken further steps to end the support for its Internet Explorer as it pushes users to install the revamped Chromium-based Edge browser.

"When a site is redirected from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge, the Internet Explorer tab that started loading the site is closed if it had no prior content".

This feature works on almost 1,156 sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google Drive, among others, reports Bleeping Computer.

Microsoft shifted away from Internet Explorer years ago, but some people still cling to the old browser.

Microsoft, back in August, announced that it will slowly start sunsetting its Internet Explorer version 11.

When someone tries to navigate to one of the sites on Internet Explorer, they'll be met by a page that reads, "You've been redirected to Microsoft Edge where you can continue your browsing uninterrupted".

The list includes RedirectSitesFromInternetExplorerPreventBHOInstall, which will allow users to prevent installing 'IEtoEdge BHO in Internet Explorer, RedirectSitesFromInternetExplorerRedirectMode that will enable users to stop IE from redirecting to Edge and HideInternetExplorerRedirectUXForIncompatibleSitesEnabled that will enable admins to prevent redirection alerts from being show in Edge. With the automatic redirections, users would also be recommended to import passwords, history, cookies, and so on from IE11 to Edge.

Internet Explorer has had a long and meme-full life, and it is way beyond time to move on.

After the above dates, customers will have a degraded experience or will be unable to connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services on IE 11. "And with the ability to scroll through your tabs, you're free to open as many as you want", explained William Devereux from the Edge team. IE will refuse the load the URL, and it will automatically open the website in the Edge browser instead. After March 9, the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop app will not receive new security updates.

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