In August, Microsoft announced that it was cutting off access to a critical piece of support for Internet Explorer in 2021. Now, it’s gone a step further, forcing Windows users to use its Microsoft Edge browser, according to a report.
ZDNet reports that Microsoft has compiled a list of 1,156 websites that are deemed “incompatible” for use in Internet Explorer, such as YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. Microsoft Teams, which has more than 115 monthly active users and has been a staple for those working at home during the coronavirus pandemic, will also be affected by the change.
Microsoft has confirmed the change in an update, writing, “when a user goes to a site that is incompatible with Internet Explorer, they will be automatically redirected to Microsoft Edge.”
Microsoft’s update discussing the change notes it will come in the next version of Microsoft Edge, version 87. This is slated to arrive Nov. 19, ZDNet added.
The Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant once dominated the internet browser market, but that has gone by the wayside in recent years. Now, Google’s Chrome web browser owns around 70% of the market, according to recent data compiled by NetApplications.
By August 2021, apps and services will no longer be supported for Internet Explorer 11 on Microsoft 365, the subscription service for Microsoft Office, including apps such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Fox News previously reported.
Fox News’ Brooke Crothers contributed to this story.