If in Windows 10 the situation with branded browsers was very diverse – at the same time users could have three of them (Internet Explorer, “old” Edge and fresh Edge on the Chromium engine), then in Windows 11 everything is much simpler: there is only one browser – Edge based on Chromium. And Internet Explorer is completely excluded from the OS. For the first time in the 25 years since Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2.5, Internet Explorer has left Microsoft.
The company said Internet Explorer is simply “disabled” in Windows 11. As a Microsoft spokesman explained, “The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will not be available on Windows 11. Microsoft Edge is the default browser for Windows 11. The MSHTML engine functions as part of the Windows 11 operating system to enable IE mode in Microsoft Edge .”
Thus, users who critically need Internet Explorer (this archaic browser is still in demand in some areas of activity, for example, in working with government electronic services and in accounting), will have to use Windows 10: despite the “disabling” of Internet Explorer scheduled for June 15, 2022, it will remain part of Windows 10 LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel).