Microsoft has announced it will end support for Internet Explorer 11 for all of its Microsoft 365 apps and services, including Office 365, OneDrive, Outlook and more, on August 17, 2021. Also, the company announced earlier this year that it will end support for Internet Explorer 11 with its Microsoft Teams web app on November 30, 2020.
It will take some time for enterprise users to transition from Internet Explorer 11 to a new browser. To ease the transition, Microsoft has added a new legacy mode for Internet Explorer to the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. This will allow enterprise customers to access old websites built specifically for Internet Explorer until the company completely discontinues support for Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 10.
Apart from this, the company has also announced that it will end support for its existing legacy version of Microsoft Edge on March 9, 2021. After the scheduled date, Microsoft will not release any security updates for the browser.
Microsoft has been trying to get its existing Windows 10 users to use its new Chromium-based Edge browser. It has also issued a statement that all future Windows feature updates will include the new Edge browser. Chromium is the engine that Microsoft now uses to run its Edge browser. It is owned and developed by Google.
What is the latest version of Internet Explorer?
Internet Explorer is a web browser made by Microsoft Corporation. It was one of the first major web browsers produced and is by far the longest-lived. It was first released in August 1995 and now the latest (and final) version is Internet Explorer 11; released in October 2013.
Internet Explorer is closely tied to the Windows operating system; therefore, different versions of Windows can only run certain versions of Internet Explorer.
Do you need to know which version of Internet Explorer I have?
The latest versions of Internet Explorer are:
Windows operating system Latest version of Internet Explorer Release date Windows10* Internet Explorer 11.0 2019-12-10 Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 Internet Explorer 11.0 2019-12-10 Windows 8, Windows RT Internet Explorer 10.0 - Unsupported 2016-12-13 Windows 7 Internet Explorer 11.0 - Not Supported 2019-12-10 Windows VistaInternet Explorer 9.0 - Not supported 2011-03-14 Windows XPInternet Explorer 8.0 - Not supported 2009-03-19
To download and update Internet Explorer
To update Internet Explorer, download and install it from Microsoft.
- Go to Microsoft’s download page for Internet Explorer.
- Find your language from the list on their site (for example, English).
- Then select either the 32-bit or 64-bit link to get that version for your computer. If you’re not sure which download link to choose, find out which version of Windows is installed on your computer.
- When the download of the installation files is complete, Internet Explorer will automatically update (or refresh) and retain your favorites, cookies, form history, and saved passwords.
The downloads in these links are for the full offline versions of IE11. All installation files are included in the download. Microsoft offers an online version, but download the offline version if you encounter a problem with the current IE installation or to save the file to a flash drive or other media.
What version of Internet Explorer can I use on my computer?
This depends on which Windows operating system you are using:
- If you’re using Windows 10, the latest version you can use is IE 11, but Microsoft Edge is your default browser.
- If you’re using Windows 7 or 8.1, the latest version you can use is IE 11.
- If you are using Vista, the latest version for your computer is IE 9.
- If you are using Windows XP, the latest version you can use is IE 8.