Microsoft says that millions of people will be barred from using Word, Outlook, and Powerpoint later this month.
MICROSOFT is informing Office 365 users about a huge change that will take effect later this month, and here’s everything you need to know.
Later this month, Microsoft 365 users may be unable to access key applications or experience a reduced experience. This is because while utilizing the Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) web browser, the popular suite of programs included in this subscription will no longer work.
Microsoft gave users plenty of time to convert to its newer Edge software or rival browsers like Chrome when the news of this significant change was initially publicized late last year.
Despite the early warnings, the newest statistics show that millions of people still use Internet Explorer 11, which accounts for about 4% of the entire market. Unfortunately, many people who are still using IE11 may be in for a rude awakening starting August 17 when trying to see their emails in Outlook or type a letter in the web-based version of Word.
“Beginning August 17, 2021, Microsoft 365 programs and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11), and users may have a degraded experience, or be unable to connect to those apps and services,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post.
“To ensure a smooth end of support, these apps and services will be phased out over weeks and months, with each app and service fading out on its own schedule.”
Users will not receive any new features or improvements when all support ends, and Microsoft claims that the experience will deteriorate over time until the apps and services are completely severed.
Of course, Microsoft is eager to upgrade everyone to its latest Edge software in order to address all of these looming issues.
This revolutionary browser was first published in 2020 and has since grown in popularity.
Edge had a 7.02 percent share of the browser market at the start of last year, following behind Firefox.
However, by the end of the year, Microsoft’s browser had increased its market share by 4%, surpassing Mozilla’s.
So, if you’re still using Internet Explorer 11 and want to keep using Outlook and Word on the web, you only have a few weeks until you’ll have to move to Edge.