Microsoft Teams users need to be aware that time is running out to use the popular communication tool on one major browser. Earlier this year the Redmond-based tech giant announced plans to phase out a number of services on the veteran Internet Explorer 11 software as more and more people get pushed on Microsoft’s current leading web surfer Edge. And the first big change to Internet Explorer 11 kicks into effect this month with Microsoft Teams first in line.
In a blog post earlier this year the Windows 10 makers revealed the Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 at the end of November.
Microsoft Teams will stop supporting IE 11 on Monday November 30, with other browser changes coming next year.
On March 9 2021 Microsoft Edge Legacy will reach its end-of-support while on August 17 2021 the remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support IE 11.
So, if your primary web browser is Internet Explorer 11 you will begin to get less and less mileage out of it in the near future.
Announcing the inbound changes, Microsoft said: “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.”
“Customers have been using IE 11 since 2013 when the online environment was much less sophisticated than the landscape today. Since then, open web standards and newer browsers—like the new Microsoft Edge—have enabled better, more innovative online experiences.”
“We believe that Microsoft 365 subscribers, in both consumer and commercial contexts, will be well served with this change through faster and more responsive web access to greater sets of features in everyday toolsets like Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, and more.”
Microsoft, did, however, say the upcoming changes aren’t a sign that Internet Explorer 11 is being scrapped entirely. The tech giant said: “We understand the need to ‘do more with less’ in the new business environment.
“By the dates listed above, customers should no longer access Microsoft 365 apps and services using IE 11, but we want to be clear that IE 11 isn’t going away and that our customers’ own legacy IE 11 apps and investments will continue to work.”
“Customers have made business-critical investments in IE 11 legacy apps and we respect that those apps are still functioning.”
Internet Explorer, despite not being Microsoft’s latest and greatest browser, still commands a huge userbase.
According to NetMarketShare stats, Internet Explorer is the fourth most popular desktop browser in the world – ahead of Safari but behind Chrome, Edge and Firefox.
In other Microsoft Teams news, it was recently revealed that the tool will soon allow for up to 1,000 participants in a meeting chat.
This feature is currently in development and should get rolled out to users around the world in November.
Elsewhere Microsoft said they are planning to make the following changes at the start of 2021:
• Up to 20,000 attendees per event
• Up to 50 simultaneous events per Teams tenant
• Up to 16 hours per broadcast
Microsoft Teams has seen a huge uptick in users during the coronavirus pandemic, with user numbers recently surging past 115 million daily active users.
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