Microsoft Corp’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Teams will, from November 30, 2020, stop working on Internet Explorer 11 (IE11). Millions of users across the globe will not be able to use Microsoft Teams on IE11, but the company says that those who wish to use the browser’s service will have to migrate to Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft 365 to end compatibility with Internet Explorer
Earlier this year, the company had announced that compatibility with Internet Explorer would cease as it pushes more people to move to Microsoft Edge. The company had announced that Microsoft 365 apps and services would lose compatibility with IE11, and Microsoft teams app became the first to lose compatibility with the browser. Microsoft says that migration to Microsoft Edge will enhance a better and innovative online user experience.
Interestingly, Microsoft Teams is not the only app or service that has lost IE11 functionality. By August next year, Microsoft 365 will lose access to the browser, and uses of Microsoft 365 apps and services will have to move to Edge to continue enjoying support. The company has recommended new Edge browsers for those that prefer using Microsoft 365 apps on Internet Explorer. Interestingly there is a range of support options that will help users in transitioning.
Microsoft to end support for legacy Microsoft Edge
The legacy version of Microsoft Edge will stop working on Internet Explorer by March 9, 2021. Launched two years ago, Microsoft Edge is built on Chromium open-source and is now available pre-installed with Windows 10 version 20H2 onwards. With support for Microsoft Edge Legacy ending in March, users will not receive security updates.
Microsoft announced the changes in a blog post at the beginning of this year but said that Internet Explorer is not going away. However, the amount of mileage users can get from IE11 will significantly reduce. And since the legacy version of Microsoft Edge will end its support, it seems that the company wants to just focus on support for the Chromium-powered version of Edge.