Posted by: kurtsh | August 7, 2015

INFO: IE11… “The End is Near”

I’ve been asked to send this notification to everyone at my customer responsible for web-based solutions & browser deployment/management/lifecycle and I thought I’d post the content of the email here for your reference in case you didn’t get it.

Anyway, here’s the email:

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I’d like to make sure you are aware of Microsoft’s web browser direction with Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge in Windows 10, and reasons why your organization should begin moving to IE11 today. Internet Explorer 11 provides increased performance, improved security, better backward compatibility, and support for the modern web technologies that power today’s websites and services.

Last year Microsoft announced that after January 12, 2016 Internet Explorer 11 will be the only supported version of Internet Explorer on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. This means that in order to receive IE updates – including security updates and technical support – your organization needs to upgrade to IE11 if you have not done so already. Using Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 ensures continued support after January 12, 2016, and easier upgrades to Windows 10.

It’s easier than ever to upgrade to IE11 thanks to Enterprise Mode, Enterprise Site Discovery, and other features.  According to a Forrester Consulting study, the Total Economic Impact of Internet Explorer 11, customers using Enterprise Mode backward compatibility were able to upgrade about twice as fast–and save money by doing so.

Microsoft offers numerous online, self-service support resources for customers and partners who wish to migrate to the latest version of Internet Explorer, many of which can be found at Microsoft’s Internet Explorer TechCenter website.

If you would like hands-on guidance, Microsoft has a number of deployment and compatibility services available to assist with migrations, including Microsoft Services Support, Microsoft Consulting Services and through partners on Microsoft Pinpoint.  I would be glad to assist you further by connecting you to these great resources.

Next Steps Requested of You:

  1. Please confirm you have received this email.
  2. Provide the approximate number of desktops in your organization currently running IE8, IE9, IE10 (if known) that are impacted by this upgrade request.
  3. Watch this video about Microsoft’s browser roadmap.
  4. Share a more detailed technical video with your IT teams who will manage the IE migration.

Last, if there is a person directly responsible for Internet Explorer support that I didn’t reach on this email, please forward to them and ask them to reach out to me for assistance if needed.

Thank you for your time and please let me know if you’d like to continue receiving information like this from me. If not, I can remove you from my distribution list.


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