Microsoft’s popular video calling and web conferencing service Teams will stop working on its old browser Internet Explorer from November 30. This means that users will not be able to access and use Microsoft Teams through Internet Explorer anymore.
Those who want to continue using the service will have to shift to other web browsers or Microsoft Edge. It is a part of the company’s strategy to push its users to move on from Internet Explorer and towards Edge.
It is among the changes announced by Microsoft in a blog post earlier this year. Though Internet Explorer 11 is not going anywhere and can still be used for other purposes, what the users can access and explore through the old web browser is going to be limited. Along with Microsoft Teams, Internet Explorer 11 is also going to lose access to Microsoft 365 services soon as well. By August 2021, Microsoft 365 services will no longer work on Internet Explorer.
“We’re announcing that Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) by this time next year. Beginning November 30 2020, the Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support IE 11. Beginning August 17 2021, the remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support IE 11,” the blog post said.
The company explained it further in the post, saying, “This means that after the above dates, customers will have a degraded experience or will be unable to connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services on IE 11. For degraded experiences, new Microsoft 365 features will not be available or certain features may cease to work when accessing the app or service via IE 11. While we know this change will be difficult for some customers, we believe that customers will get the most out of Microsoft 365 when using the new Microsoft Edge. We are committed to helping make this transition as smooth as possible.”
The legacy version of Microsoft Edge is reaching its end of support on March 9 next year too. With that happening, Microsoft is entirely going to focus on the Chromium-powered version of Microsoft Edge now.