Windows 11 is deleting Internet Explorer

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At one point in Windows 10’s lifetime, you could have had Internet Explorer, the legacy version of Microsoft Edge, and the new Chromium-powered Edge all installed. This trio of browsers was the perfect illustration of Microsoft’s struggles with the web over the past decade, but now that Internet Explorer is being laid to rest in 2022, it’s disappearing from Windows 11, too.

Microsoft revealed yesterday that Internet Explorer will be “disabled” in Windows 11. At first, I was worried that it meant Internet Explorer might hang around ahead of the final nail in its coffin on June 15th, 2022, but it’s actually fully disappearing from Windows 11. “The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will not be available on Windows 11. Microsoft Edge is the default browser for Windows 11,” explains a Microsoft spokesperson to The Verge. “The MSHTML engine exists as part of the Windows 11 operating system to power IE mode in Microsoft Edge.”

Internet Explorer doesn’t launch in the leaked copy of Windows 11.

We weren’t expecting Internet Explorer to appear in Windows 11, but Microsoft did warn that the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) of Windows 10 would still include Internet Explorer next year despite a consumer removal planned for June 15th, 2022. Windows 11 will now fully remove the browser, and if you use shortcuts like iexplore, then you’ll now be redirected to Microsoft Edge instead.

It’s the first time Microsoft hasn’t bundled Internet Explorer with a new version of Windows for more than 20 years. If memory serves me correct, the Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2.5 in 1997 was the first time Microsoft explicitly bundled Internet Explorer into Windows Explorer and other key parts of Windows.

That bundling led to the infamous United States v. Microsoft antitrust battle just a year after Internet Explorer’s debut in October 1997. The rest, as they say, is history.


As a web developer, I am very happy about this. I still have some clients that insist on IE support, hopefully this’ll finally convince them to let it go.

Because those customers won’t still be holding onto their moldering Windows 7 discs.

I was hired by my current company 10 years ago to migrate their client/server application to Silverlight. We’ve since implemented an HTML5 version but there are still clients that are on the old version and that can only run on IE since none of the other browsers support it.

I contracted with a company that supports mobile sales people. Despite the (at the time) meteoric rise in iOS devices, they went all-in on silverlight for a back-end utility and only started working on replacement THIS YEAR.

I work for a large company. In the top 50 of companies worldwide by market cap. Our corporate intranet requires IE8. Somehow no other browser will render the pages. It’s a wild-ass world we live in.

IE8??? Wow!

These are the same group of people who can’t/won’t upgrade to Win11.

Best news yet!

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of business and government legacy interfaces suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced

you aren’t kidding. things in my Department are going to get weird when IT pushes everyone to 11. of course, that may not happen for years.

Nothing is going to get weird. IE’s engine is still baked into Windows, and power IE Mode for Edge (which also means ActiveX is sticking around) and anything else that depends on that engine will still work.

iexplore.exe is no more, but its core lives on.

My work still relies on IE for one aspect. Everything else was moved to Chromium except this one thing because they don’t want to pay for the update. I’m hoping this pushes them to finally update things. There’s no way they’re going to let IE control this one program that requires up to date security.

The engine is still there, IE Mode in Edge is how this is gonna go.


This is Microsoft we are talking about?

It will be back!!!
As component add-in or some other means.

It will definitely be available as IE mode in Edge, and also as WebView for random 3rd party applications.

I’m sure they will cave to the angry mob of "but what if" people and release a version compatible with Windows 11 after a few months. Or people could just download the Windows 10, no reason it shouldn’t work through backwards compatibility.

I sure won’t miss it.

But internet explorer produces best text rendering in windows.
Just open a Wikipedia page in ie, chrome, edge and firefox then you’ll see that internet explorer is best in that aspect.
Even Microsoft itself can’t replicate it into chromium edge

Hard disagree. Greyscale smoothing is not better.

It is much better than Chrome or Firefox or Edge’s default text rendering without greyscale antialiasing. I have to use extensions to improve their text rendering.

Chrome, Firefox and Edge use proper sub-pixel smoothing that looks way, way better to my eye then IEs blurry mess

Coffing dance

As a front-end developer, I am very happy. I might need to wait another 3-4 years until all my company’s clients get Windows 11, but it’s better than spending the next 35 years of my career trying to make new JS functionalities to work on IE.

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