While its old browser is set to be officially retired on June 15, Microsoft is now encouraging organizations to avoid waiting until the last moment to stop using Internet Explorer.
In a recent blog post on the software giant’s Tech Community page, senior hardware product manager Eric Van Aelstyn recommended that companies still using IE set their own retirement date.
Consumers and most businesses have now moved to Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or other modern browsers, but some organizations still rely on IE to access certain sites. While Microsoft has repeatedly warned companies that IE will be officially retired this year, not all companies have yet been proactive enough to come up with a plan to transition to another browser.
Fortunately, there is still time and organizations don’t have to wait until June 15 to migrate from IE.
Say goodbye to IE once and for all
In his article, Aelstyn points out that “waiting for something to happen can be stressful, especially with complex IT environments,” which is why Microsoft is encouraging companies to act now by scheduling their own internal retirement date.
To prepare for IE retirement, organizations should ensure that IE mode is configured in Edge to allow their employees to access IE-dependent sites in the future.
At the same time, they should also notify their users of the change and ask them to import their data. This can be easily done by copying and pasting edge://settings/importData into Edge’s address bar, then choosing “Microsoft Internet Explorer” from the selection options under “Import from”.
Finally, organizations should widely deploy the Disable IE policy on their internal retirement date. With IE mode in Edge, everything should work as usual in Microsoft’s modern browser as opposed to its old browser.
Even with these recommendations, June 15 could be a hectic day for organizations that have not prepared accordingly for the IE retreat.
Via Windows Central