until when can it continue to be used and what alternatives are there

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Yesterday Microsoft said goodbye to Internet Explorer. the mythical browser was without official support and therefore orphan of updates and security patches.

The reality is that there are many scenarios in which this browser continues to be important for users – let them tell the administrations and our Congress of Deputies -, and although Microsoft wants to eliminate it, there are still alternatives to be able to use it.

What about Internet Explorer now?

The launch of Windows 10 in 2015 marked the debut of Microsoft Edge, the browser that little by little has been replacing the old browser Internet that was part of the previous editions of Windows. Yesterday’s was indeed a death foretold, and in the coming months Microsoft will show a notice that will be redirected those who were still using Internet Explorer to move to Microsoft Edge.

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This notice from the English version of Windows indicates how Internet Explorer is no longer the native Windows option for browsing the Internet.

That process will cause Internet Explorer passwords, bookmarks, and settings to be migrated and moved to Microsoft Edge, but also an option “Reload in IE Mode” will be offered in the toolbar so that those who need it can access this spatial compatibility mode.

We have already talked about “IE Mode” in the past: this system allows Microsoft Edge to behave as the old Internet Explorer would, supporting for example ActiveX controls which are still used on many old websites.

Windows 11 was already launched directly without Internet Explorer, but in Windows 10 in its different editions, that browser is still present: It will be phased out over the next few months. and that notice message will appear to inform you of the transition to Microsoft Edge.

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Internet Explorer 11 says goodbye to us. It’s still working on Windows 10, but it won’t be for long.

There will however some exceptions. What explained Sean Lindersay, Head of Microsoft Edge Enterprise:

“For certain versions of Windows currently in support and used in critical environments, we will continue to support Internet Explorer on those versions until they end support. This includes all versions of Windows 10 LTSC currently in support (including IoT) and all versions Windows Server, as well as Windows 10 China Government Edition, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 with Extended Security Updates (ESUs). Future versions of these editions will not include Internet Explorer. Developers who rely on the underlying platform MSHTML (Trident) and COM controls on Windows will also continue to be supported on all Windows platforms.

And of course, we’ve committed to supporting IE mode in Microsoft Edge until at least 2029.”

Although Microsoft changed Edge’s rendering engine and abandoned the MSHTML platform that was the foundation of Internet Explorer, that platform is still part of Windows 11 because that way it is possible to make “IE Mode” work.

What do I do if I want to continue using Internet Explorer?

The truth is that those who want to continue using Internet Explorer will be able to do so, at least with some alternatives. That gives some room for maneuver for all those scenarios in which technologies that were used in this browser are still being used even though they are now deprecated.

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  1. IE mode: this mode is activated from Microsoft Edge settings and that allows you to load any website in a tab and, from the options of that tab, reload it using IE Mode to activate that compatibility format. Thanks to this option we will be able to continue accessing websites that use ActiveX controls, Browser Helper Objects and we will also be able to use the developer tools with the F12 key.
  2. Virtualization: It is also possible to download Internet Explorer 11, but only to install it on Windows 7, as indicated in the Microsoft download center. If we try to install it on Windows 11, the system will allow us to do so, but we will not be able to run it. Instead we can create a virtual machine with virtualization applications like VirtualBox, install Windows 7 on it, and then install IE 11 on that Windows 7 virtual machine. As you know, this operating system has also been officially unsupported in January 2020. .
  3. IE holds up on Windows 10: As indicated by those responsible for Microsoft, the Internet Explorer 11 browser is still part of Windows 10, but it will gradually disappear and Microsoft Edge will replace it completely. Until that happens, however, it is possible to continue using it normally.

In both the second and third cases, special care must be taken. In both alternatives we are making use of software components without official support that can cause unexpected conflicts. That’s not really dangerous: the real danger is that IE 11 is as of now unprotectedand may end up being affected by unpatched security holes.

Microsoft wants to kill Internet Explorer, but neither companies nor users let it

In those cases, using them exposes us to certain types of cyberattacks manage to exploit vulnerabilities uncorrected in Internet Explorer to later attack other areas of the PC.

So that, our recommendation is the same as Microsoft: If we want to continue using Internet Explorer, the most appropriate option is to use the IE Mode of Microsoft Edge.

Yesterday Microsoft said goodbye to Internet Explorer. the mythical browser was without official support and therefore orphan of updates and…

Yesterday Microsoft said goodbye to Internet Explorer. the mythical browser was without official support and therefore orphan of updates and…

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