Google Search, the largest product of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, eventually dropped support for Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11), Microsoft’s legacy browser. According to 9to5Google, Google has removed support for IE 11 because the browser is now only a small part of the browsers used for Google Search.
The news of the end of official support for IE 11 by Google Search comes from Malte Uble, Google software engineer, who explains that Google Search now offers the IE 11 browser an “alternative experience”, which offers an optimized version of Google Search.
As a web developer, this is one of the happiest announcements in a long time – Google Search has ended support for IE11 on its main product 🎉 (you can still search, but you will get backup experience). I’m mainly posting this so you can send it to your boss 😛. We did the math. It’s time.
“Google Search has ended IE 11 support for its core product (you can still search, but you will have an alternative experience). I’m primarily posting this so you can forward it to your boss. We did the math. Now is the time, ”he wrote on Twitter.
It is not a surprise, but consequences.
While the discontinuation of Google’s core product support for IE 11 is a notable event, this move is by no means surprising. Google removed support for IE 11 for Workspace / G Suite apps in March and did the same for its Meet video conferencing platform in August. Additionally, Microsoft discontinued support for its own browser in web versions of Microsoft 365 applications such as Teams and Outlook in August.
Microsoft still supports IE 11 dependent apps through its Chromium-based Edge browser. The switch to Chromium gave Microsoft a browser with support ranging from Windows 7 to Windows 10, as well as macOS and Linux. Today, the new Edge allows you to open MHTML files from the old IE in “Internet Explorer mode”.
Google’s decision makes even more sense considering Microsoft’s schedule for IE on Windows 10. Microsoft will exclude IE from many versions of Windows 10 on June 15, 2022, except for enterprise versions of the operating system. Like your Windows 10 service in the long run. Along with that, Windows 11 will soon start rolling out on newer hardware, while Windows 10 will reach the end of its useful life in October 2025.
Edge far behind Chrome
Google has noted that Workspace apps will work when IE users switch to Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Chromium-based Microsoft Edge.
Unfortunately for Microsoft, Edge is far from competing with Google Chrome in terms of market share, but that could change when Windows 11 rolls out more widely with Edge as the default browser.
According to StatCounter, Edge has an 8.75% share of the world’s desktops, slightly less than the 9.67% owned by Safari, Apple’s browser only for macOS. Google Chrome dominates, with a 67% share worldwide.