Internet Explorer was the default browser for Microsoft Windows between 1995 and 2015, when it was replaced with Microsoft Edge. However, it can still be found on all Windows 10 PCs today.

Whilst the vast majority of people have transitioned away from Internet Explorer and use browsers such as Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome, some businesses still rely on it. This is because some businesses critical apps have not yet been updated to use more modern browsers.

You may be thinking that this will cause a loss of access to these older applications, however Microsoft has built a compatibility into its Edge browser to run these websites in what they call ‘Internet Explorer Mode’. Microsoft Edge is preinstalled devices that have Windows 10 or 11 making it easy to find.

Microsoft offer a promise that all browser applications will work inside Microsoft Edge. This is due to its dual engine build, with Chromium to support the modern sites and Internet explorer mode to support the legacy sites. This means that Edge has multiple tools in its toolbox, ensuring that any web application required can be ran.

Microsoft will be removing Internet Explorer 11 from Windows 10 and Windows 11 in the February 2023 updates.

If any team member still uses Internet Explorer as their primary web browser, they should migrate to the new Microsoft Edge browser, which provides the tools to migrate across all browser data. All existing shortcuts to Internet Explorer will continue to work, they will just be opened within Microsoft Edge.


To stay Cyber Wise online, it is important to ensure that your web browser is up to date, to ensure that any issues are patched. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this with us further, please get in touch.