On August 17th 2021, Microsoft will continue the march away from Internet Explorer as Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer work when using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft stated, those who choose to continue using these apps with Internet Explorer 11, will have “a degraded experience”. The apps and services will begin to phase out over the next few months which will ensure a smooth phase out.
Support won’t be available for people who run into issues trying to access Microsoft 365 apps and services through Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft explains that users will not be getting any new features and that the daily usage of these apps and services will get worse as time goes on, until these apps and services are permanently disconnected.
Microsoft further outlines the application experience that people will have with Internet Explorer 11 starting on August 17th 2021:
- Outlook Web App: Users logging in with AAD accounts will still receive the full OWA experience but will not receive new features beginning August 17, 2021, while users logging in with Microsoft Accounts (MSA) will be redirected to the Outlook Web App Light experience.
- Open with Explorer/View in File Explorer (SharePoint): We understand that some customers may continue to use Open with Explorer and View in File Explorer (only accessible in IE11) to access document libraries. To avoid disruption, these customers will be able to use these features for now when they go to a document library in IE11. These features remain in maintenance mode and aren’t receiving further development. We encourage all customers to move to a modern browser and OneDrive sync for a better user experience and easier access to files. For more information on how to prepare your SharePoint environment for end of support on IE11, please read this Docs article.
- All other apps and services will phase out over weeks and months to ensure a smooth end of support. Each app and service phasing out on independent schedules.
Microsoft has been clear about the end of support for Internet Explorer and for some time, Microsoft have been issuing statements to warn and advise. To continue using Microsoft 365 apps and services, then you need to migrate to a more modern internet browser solution.
To read the full Microsoft article, click here.