Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of IE that is still supported. This is one of Microsoft products with a long lifecycle, about 8 years. In May 2021, MS announced that IE11 will be out-of-support, starting from June 15 of 2022. Let’s take a tour of IE before it is retired, and let’s compare its performance with modern browser.
Disclaimer: this article was originally written around May 2021 (when this issue is still fresh), so some info may not be accurate anymore.
As Microsoft said in Windows blog, Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) apps will be no longer supported as of August 17, 2021. That means you can’t access MS services (e.g. Office Online, Help, Teams, OneDrive etc.). The problem is, some apps still relied on IE capabilities. For example, Outlook. If you use the “View in browser” feature in that app, it will open up your email in IE. If IE is gone, then what? It will throw errors.
Microsoft already anticipate this. They bring the old MSHTML/Trident engine to Edge Chromium, and create an “IE Mode”, where you can open site just like IE (except the UI, which is using Edge). For end users, it doesn’t matter, because well, the majority of us (users) already migrated from IE to modern browser. For those who have not (yet) migrate, they will be begged by MS to change browser.
For enterprise and IT Professional, IE Mode seems to be helpful. You got a modern browser + you can run old apps/website in IE Mode. The reality is not. Some enterprises which have a good IT team have already tried to migrate their old ActiveX apps to Edge Chromium. It’s not working as it should, or even broke. There are various reasons for that, for example ActiveX apps are relying on iexplore.exe, so if its running msedge.exe, it’s not going to work obviously.
Let’s focus on End Users (because enterprise, well professional thing). If you still use IE until this day, migrate to it now. Because, after 2022, you’re not going to able to access Internet Explorer (ever), except if you are using Windows 7 or 8.1. This is a simple tutorial to migrate your bookmarks to any available browsers in this world.
First, Open IE. This tutorial uses IE11, the latest one. If you are using the older one, it may not look exactly the same. Second, Go to Favorites menu at the toolbar. If you have Favorites bar activated, disable it (It can corrupt the whole exporting process)
Third, press the arrow-down button on “Add to Favorites” button, then press Import and Export. It should look like this (left image):
Fourth, now what you need to do is select “Export to a file” and press Next. Then only select Favorites, because feeds & cookies export is weird; it’s hard to be imported to another browser. Then press next, and follow the on-screen instruction.
Fifth, open another browser. In this case I am using Firefox. Then press Ctrl+shift+o. Then press Import and Backup dropdown menu, and select import bookmarks from HTML. Then select ‘bookmarks.htm’ you have exported before.
Now your bookmark should’ve been imported to the new browser. Do remember that cookies & history can’t be imported, so you need to log-in again to your existing online account on the new browser.
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