Microsoft will stop supporting Internet Explorer next June, so any working professionals should already be using another browser like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge that are still supported with regular updates.
You should have already switched to another browser by now, but if you’re still holding onto Internet Explorer, your Google Search experience will begin to suffer.
That’s because Google has officially ended support for Internet Explorer 11 in its main product. Users can still search with a fallback experience that isn’t as feature rich as the real deal, but this move pushes Internet Explorer even further into the ground.
The news was first tweeted by Google software engineer Malte Ubl and later confirmed by Google in a 9to5Google post.
Ubl called the announcement “one of the happiest” for a web developer to hear.
As a web developer this is one of the happiest announcements in a while: Google Search ended support for IE11 in its main product
(you can still search but will get a fallback experience). I’m mostly posting this so you can send it to your boss . We did the Math. It is time.
— Malte Ubl (@cramforce) October 1, 2021
Users who navigate to the Google homepage will be asked to download Chrome, which is of course owned by the same company.
The downgraded Google experience on Internet Explorer is still generally workable, but users will be presented with a rudimentary layout that lacks many of the search engine’s features available in other browsers.
According to 9to5 Google, the company stopped supporting the entire Google Workplace suite on Internet Explorer earlier this year.
Microsoft has also been heavily pushing its Edge browser, which is built on Google’s Chromium platform, and has stopped supporting several Microsoft web apps on the legacy browser.