Google has revealed that its search engine will no longer support Internet Explorer 11, making Google Search the latest product to support Microsoft’s old browser.
First released in 2013 alongside Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer 11 was also carried over to Windows 7, as many Windows users did not feel the need to upgrade their operating system at this time – the. Just three years later, Internet Explorer was replaced by Microsoft Edge with the launch of Windows 10 in 2015.
However, since Edge was not available on older versions of Windows, Internet Explorer 11 remained the default browser on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. As a result, the browser was able to maintain its market share despite the fact that Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and other third-party browsers offered an improved browsing experience.
After ending support for Docs, Sheets, Slides, and other Google Workspace apps in March of this year, Google is finally ending support for Google Search in Internet Explorer 11.
Google software engineer Malta Ubl announced that Google Search will no longer officially support Internet Explorer 11 in a recent tweet.
Apparently the Google research team “did the math” and found that maintaining support for Microsoft’s legacy browser was no longer worth it. Still according to UbI’s tweet, “it’s time” to quit Internet Explorer 11 and transition to Edge or another modern browser.
If for some reason you’re still using Internet Explorer 11, you’ll still be able to use Google Search through a “fallback experience” created by the search giant. While the web search still works on the legacy Microsoft browser, the experience won’t be as complete as on other browsers.
With Windows 11 launching in a day, now is a great time to quit Internet Explorer 11 for good and check out all the new features in Microsoft Edge if you want to stay in the software giant’s ecosystem.