Microsoft is clearly focusing on the Chromium version of its Edge web browser, but the company’s previous browser is still available.
In light of this, Google productivity apps will stop supporting IE 11 on March 15, 2021.
This includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, Chat, Keep, Currents and more.
It is assumed that the sites will continue to load on that date and will continue to do so in the short term, but some functions may be disrupted because Google will no longer work to ensure compatibility.
This helps the company preserve engineering resources.
Google said: Over the next few weeks, we will begin displaying a banner for all Google Workspace users who are still using IE 11 to inform them of the need to upgrade their browser by March 15, 2021.
IE11 users who visit Google Workspace applications in the coming weeks are facing a sign about the upcoming change.
Google officially recommends using Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Edge browsers to avoid any potential disruptions to the service, such as: performance degradation or security vulnerabilities.
Today’s announcement is mostly aimed at organizations, and affects all Google Workspace customers:
- Workspace Essentials.
- Business Starter.
- Business Standard.
- Business Plus.
- Enterprise Essentials.
- Enterprise Standard.
- Enterprise Plus.
In addition to G Suite Basic, Business, Education, Enterprise for Education, and Nonprofits customers.
Google’s decision comes after Microsoft announced that the Microsoft Teams platform would not support IE11 on November 30th, while Other Microsoft 365 apps stop supporting the legacy browser on August 17, 2021.
Microsoft has been trying for years to eliminate the use of Internet Explorer, and the company first unveiled the new Edge browser in 2015, which at that time carried the codename Project Spartan.
The first announcement of the new Edge browser marked the beginning of the end for the Internet Explorer brand.
Microsoft has since classified Internet Explorer as a compromise rather than a browser, and has encouraged companies to stop using it.