Microsoft Teams will soon be dropping support for Internet Explorer (IE) 11, which means web browser users will no longer join video conferencing sessions and access chat features.
As part of the closure process that will end the 25-year history of Internet Explorer, various Microsoft applications will begin to lose compatibility. The process is intended to facilitate a smooth transition from IE and encourage users to upgrade to the company’s new flagship, Edge.
According to a Microsoft blog post, Teams Collaboration Pack will be the first to roll out the legacy browser on December 1st. Meanwhile, by August 17, 2021, all remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will follow suit.
Microsoft has confirmed that after the applicable end of support date, users of Microsoft 365 applications will suffer from “degradation” or not be able to connect to the service at all through Internet Explorer.
Microsoft Teams on Internet Explorer
You might think this change will affect a small number of people because very few people still use Internet Explorer to access the Internet and web applications, but you’re only partially right.
According to Statcounter, Internet Explorer is the browser of choice by only 1.05% of web users, up from 95% at its peak. However, given that it is estimated that there are over 7 billion Internet-connected devices in circulation worldwide, this small percentage still represents millions of users.
The decision to abandon the iconic browser (despite its inexplicable loyalty) can be seen as a recognition of its growing irrelevance in modern conditions and an attempt to maintain the quality of service for users of other applications and services of the company.
“Customers have been using IE 11 since 2013, when the online environment was much less complex than it is today. Since then, open web standards and new browsers such as the new Microsoft Edge have enabled a better and more innovative web experience, ”Microsoft said.
“We believe that Microsoft 365 subscribers, in both consumer and commercial contexts, will be well served by this change, with faster and more responsive web access to more features in everyday tools like Outlook, Teams, Sharepoint and others. “.
The easiest solution for users who are uncomfortable with being denied support is downloading the Teams desktop client, available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and more. Also, the web client continues to work in most popular browsers.