Microsoft is discontinuing its Internet Explorer browser in less than a year, requiring community banks and vendors to start preparing now.
While the retirement of IE might seem like a disruption for community banks, let’s look under the hood at what it means for affected institutions.
As Microsoft said in recently issued frequently asked questions, the future of IE on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge—the faster and more secure browser it has rolled out in recent years.
Edge will officially replace the IE11 desktop application, which will be retired on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10. Microsoft has pledged to support Edge with IE mode through 2029.
One piece of good news about the shift is that Edge is the only browser with built-in compatibility for older, IE-based websites and online applications.
Any application update can raise issues. The following actions can help community banks ensure the transition from IE to Edge goes as smoothly as possible:
The retirement of IE will undoubtedly have an impact on community bank operations. Fortunately, community bankers have time and Microsoft resources to prepare for the switch:
Meanwhile, community bankers are welcome to email me with any questions.
Additionally, Microsoft’s recent unveiling of Windows 11 will have additional consequences. My next blog post will delve into what this new operating system might mean for community banks.
Joel Williquette is ICBA senior vice president of operational risk policy.