Microsoft made clear that Internet Explorer wasn’t totally going away, since its “customers’ own legacy IE 11 apps and investments will continue to work. ” Edge does have an Internet Explorer mode that lets you use Internet Explorer from inside the Edge browser.
Trident has technically been discontinued since Microsoft used its source code to create EdgeHTML, which powers Edge Legacy, but Internet Explorer 11 still uses Trident, and as I previously mentioned Edge uses Chromium.
Following that, Microsoft Edge Legacy reaches its end of life on March 9, 2021, and all Microsoft 365 apps will completely stop supporting Internet Explorer on August 17, 2021.
All of its browsers still support modern web standards like HTML5, but as Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Windows said when the company announced it was making a Chromium-based browser, Edge would “create better web compatibility” for customers and “less fragmentation of the web for all web developers. ” Today, Edge feels very similar to Google Chrome, since they both use the same engine.
Overall, this move is a larger push by Microsoft to integrate its Chromium-based Edge browser into M365 apps—and I’m not totally sure how my dad would feel about it today.
He liked the MSN Explorer browser, but I never understood why. Maybe it was the bubbly icons that took up an unnecessary amount of space at the top. (No, that definitely wasn’t it. ) Or maybe he just liked the ease of surfing the web through the same program you used to connect to the internet.
In any case, he might have been happy to learn that Microsoft has started ending some support for his old nemesis, Internet Explorer 11.