Time to move to modern-ish browsers!

Written by James Oxton
Net Support UK Tier 3 Engineer & Microsoft Expert

Well, 12 months have come and gone and Microsoft are reminding us about staying up-to-date with the latest browsers, especially if you are using Office 365 online resources i.e. SharePoint Online.

This means if you are still using earlier versions of Internet Explorer you will start to see more “diminished experiences”, and sometimes functionality will be completely broken. Other times, if a new experience requiring modern browser features detects that an earlier browser is being used, users will be redirected to a page that asks them to use a modern browser. There is no set time for this change and it will gradually happen over time as features are updated to use advanced browser capabilities.

Microsoft are also in the process of updating their user facing documentation to indicate that Internet Explorer 11, Edge and another modern browsers are required to access SharePoint Online. One of the main reasons for this requirement is the new document library. A document library provides a secure place to store files where you and your co-workers can find them easily, work on them together and access them from any device at any time. For example, you can use a document library on a site in SharePoint Online to store all files related to a specific client. Adding files or moving files between folders is as easy as dragging and dropping them from one location to another.

What do I do next?

Don’t ignore this and expect things to be ok, you need to take action. Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for older versions of Internet Explorer. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware, helping to keep users and their data safer. Regular security updates help protect computers from malicious attacks, so upgrading and staying current is important.

Frequently asked questions:

How long will the most current version of Internet Explorer remain supported?

Internet Explorer is a component of the Windows operating system and the most current version will continue to follow the specific support lifecycle policy for the operating system on which it is installed. Internet Explorer 11 will be supported for the life of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

The Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy continues to provide a minimum of five years of Mainstream Support and a minimum of five years of Extended Support for Business and Developer products, and the Windows operating system.

What is Enterprise Mode?

Enterprise Mode a feature in Internet Explorer that allows businesses to use old web applications in modern versions of IE. Microsoft is committed to supporting Enterprise Mode as a feature of Internet Explorer 11 and will continue to invest in compatibility improvements, tools, and other resources to help customers upgrade and stay up-to-date on the latest browser.

What is Microsoft Edge?

Microsoft Edge is Microsoft’s all-new browser for Windows 10, that goes beyond browsing with features like Web Note and Cortana integration. Microsoft Edge can launch Internet Explorer 11 for sites that need better backward compatibility and it will continue to be supported on Windows 10.

Does Enterprise Mode really help?

Upgrading web apps to modern standards is still the best long-term approach, but commercial customers can leverage Enterprise Mode to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 faster and easier than ever before.