Windows 10: Microsoft to Discontinue Old Internet Explorer Versions in January

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  1. Posts : 2,239
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1607 (AE build 14393.1198)
       19 Oct 2015 #11

    If Microsoft wants to replace Internet Explorer with Edge, they must add ALL IE features to Edge. That means it must support ALL ActiveX controls and ALL IE plugins and Java. Until then, they better not remove IE from Windows 10! I use Firefox too, but I like IE better! Chrome also has banished support for Java and legacy plugins, so it is rather useless, like Edge. We will be forced to use Firefox only if we want full functionality. Not really a clever move Microsoft!
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    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       19 Oct 2015 #12

    Gary said: View Post
    So all Vista users will get Edge?
    Vista? Vista will be dead meat like XP was made last April likely in April 2016 only 6 months away now! IE 11 was never XP available there either. Likewise you might see an 8 and 8.1 flavor of Edge available but can't say for sure at this time.

    paulsalter said: View Post
    IE11 still supported so that is good for me

    Don't really want to go back to Chrome
    Who said you had to go back to Chrome? That always appeared to be an unfinished browser in appearance anyways. There are other alternative browsers like Opera, Firefox, the 64bit flavor variant of FF being Waterfox, etc. Prefer Waterfox over FF any day of the week here.

    spapakons said: View Post
    If Microsoft wants to replace Internet Explorer with Edge, they must add ALL IE features to Edge. That means it must support ALL ActiveX controls and ALL IE plugins and Java. Until then, they better not remove IE from Windows 10! I use Firefox too, but I like IE better! Chrome also has banished support for Java and legacy plugins, so it is rather useless, like Edge. We will be forced to use Firefox only if we want full functionality. Not really a clever move Microsoft!
    That would be something to see since one look at Edge when first getting 10 was at it took to know it was in desperate need of fixes as well as not having hardly any options! It's still in it's beta form and with previous version would have been introduced separately from any new version until then. In 10 however MS simply said "You will use this! Sorry IE no more!" when it's far from actually being ready to replace IE entirely.

    Fortunately for the present you can go into the Program Files and Program Files(x86) folders to pin an IE shortcut to the Start and Taskbar with a right click on the "iexplorer.exe" file for both the 32bit and on the 64bit 10 the 64bit flavor of IE there. What comes as far as the 2016 RTM builds however will be seeing all that stripped out.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1607 (AE build 14393.1198)
       20 Oct 2015 #13

    If they do that, remove IE 11 in 2016 builds, it will be a really stupid move! Most people will either switch to Firefox or other browsers or seek ways to return to Windows 8.1 or 7. Edge is USELESS as it is now. The excuse that it doesn't support ActiveX controls to protect us from malware is very lame! It should support everything and be programmed so it can protect us from malware. Does Microsoft think that hackers won't find a way to attack Edge users? Of course they will! So removing functionality for security's sake IS NOT the solution. The same did Chrome, it removed Java support, NPAPI plugins support and now it is pretty useless! There are people working online you know! Not everybody uses their browser for Facebook and YouTube! How we are supposed to use e-banking without Java support for example?

    I insist on that! Microsoft should think twice before removing IE from Windows 10. At least users must have the choice to use Edge or IE, not be forced to use Edge just because they want to promote it! Make it better, add more features and then we may reconsider. Until then DON'T TOUCH IE!
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  4.    20 Oct 2015 #14

    MS didn't say when they would remove IE11. It's being phased out but that will not happen for some time. What's occurring is the dropping of IE version later that 11. MS wants to just support 11 and they want to get users to mover over to it.

    That's it..
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1607 (AE build 14393.1198)
       20 Oct 2015 #15

    Let's hope so... I don't have a problem sticking with version 11 as long as I can upgrade Flash and other useful plugins to keep it up-to-date.
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    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       20 Oct 2015 #16

    You have to read just what the article states:

    Unfortunately for the software giant, it can’t get rid of Internet Explorer overnight, but what it can do is kill off some of the old versions and slowly switch users to newer builds.
    That doesn't specify IE 11 being removed from anything but MS doing away with IE 10, 9, 8, 7 with IE 6 dead with XP naturally and anyone running an older version running at least IE 8, 9 , or 10. You will still likely find a few old Legacy machines floating around somewhere that haven't "bit the dust" quite yet that may be seeing IE 4 or 5 and never been updated. But as far as being able to continue downloads of anything prior to 11 that will be out unless found still available for download on a freeware site.

    Edge however some actually wanting to rave about is still not a finished full pledged browser finished in time for 10's initial release while 10 itself seeing newer builds and presently a free upgrade suggests 10 is presently where 7 was in the RC stage with the actual RTM coming with all fixes next summer once the free offer expires and why the Windows Feedback option is right there in the Start menu! 10 itself still has a ways to go! But it's doubtful that 11 will be gone next year either just like the Sidebar option seen with Vista was still present in 7.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1607 (AE build 14393.1198)
       20 Oct 2015 #17

    Well, is there a way to download or save Internet Explorer so we can add it back in case they remove it?
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  8.    20 Oct 2015 #18

    spapakons said: View Post
    Well, is there a way to download or save Internet Explorer so we can add it back in case they remove it?
    MS is not removing IE next year or for some time to come. They have to support existing sites and users. And using a version other than 11 is taking risks with security that is not up to date.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1607 (AE build 14393.1198)
       20 Oct 2015 #19

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    MS is not removing IE next year or for some time to come. They have to support existing sites and users. And using a version other than 11 is taking risks with security that is not up to date.
    Unfortunatelly, Windows XP users are stuck with IE 8 and Vista users with IE 9. They can still browse most sites and update to newest Adobe Flash and Java, but there are certain incompatibilities. If MS drops support for IE 11, even if they don't remove it, we may see some incompatibilities with certain sites in the future. We will eventually be like XP and Vista users. Let's hope Edge by then will be mature enough to switch to it.
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  10.    20 Oct 2015 #20

    spapakons said: View Post
    Unfortunatelly, Windows XP users are stuck with IE 8 and Vista users with IE 9. They can still browse most sites and update to newest Adobe Flash and Java, but there are certain incompatibilities. If MS drops support for IE 11, even if they don't remove it, we may see some incompatibilities with certain sites in the future. We will eventually be like XP and Vista users. Let's hope Edge by then will be mature enough to switch to it.
    Well, Xp and Vista are no longer supported my MS. And when IE is dropped users will have a choice.. either Edge or some other browser and there are great ones out there now.
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