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Edge Legacy is Dead – Not IE 11 (yet)

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The web moves fast, but the lifetime for Edge ‘legacy’ was short by every measure. Not that we’d argue it should be kept around but given the amount of effort and marketing spent bringing it to market, it didn’t last long. Edge Legacy is dead, long live Edge Chromium.For those who aren’t aware, Microsoft announced the formal end of Edge ‘legacy’ in March 2021 – literally removing the product from user systems. With the end of life coming only days before, this might be the most rapid ‘pull the plug’ action we’ve seen by a vendor in quite some time. Again, not suggesting there’s a valid reason to keep it. Market share for Edge legacy was never really measurable in the enterprise. Those companies that did adopt it mostly left quickly in favor of the Edge chromium release.

We could expound on the groundbreaking nature of EdgeHTML and how ‘Project Spartan’ changed the web. Still, the more accurate story is how Edge legacy signaled the shift within Microsoft to adopt standards and focusing their efforts to compete on features. Acknowledging there was a better approach through Edge Chromium, Microsoft took a very different tone than in previous browser skirmishes. Adopting Edge Chromium and focusing the team on building the best consumer and enterprise feature set has proven to be a great choice as market adoption shows.

How to Discover: Proton

Struggling to keep track of who in your organization uses Edge Legacy for internal and external access? Browsium’s Proton tool can shed light.

Unaware anyone is using IE11 for anything? Browsium, has you covered. Our telemetry tool, Proton, can give you the insights and details needed to deliver complete visibility into all web application access and usage across your entire enterprise. From there, we can provide the necessary tools to manage users into the browsers and configurations you want them to use.

Regardless of what happens on the web, what browser vendors decide to do, and when they choose to change their plans, you can be in control of the browser environment with the Browsium suite of management tools.

Attention IT admins! While Internet Explorer 11 itself isn’t going extinct in August, Microsoft 365 support for it is. Time to plan your migration strategy and ditch the dinosaur browser for a modern, secure alternative. Your users (and your sanity) will thank you.

To clarify recent reports, it’s important to note that Microsoft’s announcements regarding “IE” aren’t about immediate extinction for IE11. Here is one example from a MS blog that has contributed to the misunderstanding.

Visually, it does appear that IE 11 will cease to exist shortly after August 17, 2021 (actually, it is meant to foreshadow the end of MS 365 support in IE11). The fact is IE 11 is an integral part of the Windows 10 operating System. Fear not, IE11 fans! Technical updates will keep it rolling as long as Windows 10 lives on (until October 14, 2025, to be precise). Plus, Chromium Edge has built-in IE Mode, which rumor has it won’t vanish even after 2025.

Behind Microsoft’s surprisingly opaque approach to IE EOL lies a transparent agenda: drive everyone towards their shiny new Edge Chromium.

Breaking news for IT leaders!

Browsium Ion expands its reach as a dedicated Edge Chromium solution arrives later this year. So,Secure and manage any legacy application, seamlessly integrated with the modern browser you’ve been waiting for.

Thank you to everyone that took the time to comment on Edition 1 of this Newsletter. Any and all comments or topic suggestions are welcome!

For those who aren’t aware, Microsoft announced the formal end of Edge ‘legacy’ in March 2021
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