Internet Explorer may not be dead yet

Internet Explorer may be going to its graveyard soon, but developers will feel like they’re still using the iconic software thanks to a fresh launch of its successor, Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft still offers an “Internet Explorer mode” in the Chromium-based Edge, but has now released a new tool that developers can use to check whether their old websites still work in the newer browser.

With the Internet Explorer Driver, organizations or developers who still need Internet Explorer 11 for backwards compatibility of mission-critical legacy websites or apps can ensure that everything still runs smoothly, at least for now.

Internet Explorer driver

The Internet Explorer driver, which is operated and maintained together with (and by) browser automation experts from the Selenium project, can be a big help for developers who want to keep older websites or apps running a little longer, says Microsoft.

“With just a few modifications to an existing test running against Internet Explorer, you can run your tests in Internet Explorer (IE) mode in Edge,” wrote Zoher Ghadyali, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge, in a blog entry.

“By running your tests in IE mode, you can verify that all legacy web content running in Internet Explorer works as expected in IE mode in Microsoft Edge.”

Internet Explorer Driver supports C#, Python, Java and JavaScript, and Microsoft says it will be supported until 2029, giving developers more than enough time to ensure their work is stable.

Microsoft advises that support for Internet Explorer 11 will continue to end on June 15, 2022, and developers and organizations that still rely on the browser should begin transitioning to Microsoft Edge as soon as possible.

The company has already withdrawn Internet Explorer support for all Microsoft 365 Apps, although some may still work through the browser, albeit users will see a severely limited experience.

Even Google Search dropped support for Internet Explorer in October 2021, leaving the browser to rely on its own internal Bing search, with support for Documents, Sheets, Slides and other Google Workspace apps being removed in March 2021.

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