Internet Explorer, IE, Microsoft’s spawn, whatever you want to call it, has a bad rap. It’s always been clunky and just wasn’t as secure as its competitors out there. Whether you still use IE, wonder why Microsoft never invested in it, or just laugh at the browser, you’ll be surprised to know that it’s still included – and updated – in Windows 10 since quite a few websites use it exclusively.
Let’s look at how IE works in Windows 10 and whether or not it’s worth using, especially with the addition of Microsoft’s new flagship browser: Edge.
What’s Changed for IE in Windows 10?
It shouldn’t be such a big shock that IE was included with Windows 10, considering how many consumers still use it in Windows as their default browser. Even though Edge is the default browser automatically when you upgrade or clean install Windows 10, IE is still installed and being updated by Microsoft.
However, nothing has changed to IE in Windows 10, which utilize IE 11 from the start.
Getting Started with IE in Windows 10
When you open IE in Windows 10 for the first time, you won’t be surprised by what you see if you’ve used it in previous versions of Windows. You’ll find it running version 11 out of the box, the latest stable build of the browser.
No real changes have been made to IE, or how it performs, in Windows 10. So, you’ll still find the clunky and featureless browser you’re used to using in Windows.
If you haven’t used IE in a while, you’ll notice its layout is cleaned up and represents more of the Windows 8/10 feel than it does in Vista or 7.
You’ll be asked after upgrading or clean installing Windows 10 to change your security settings to what Microsoft recommends. We advise against this, instead take the time to customize each and every setting to your optimal browsing experience if you want to use IE in Windows 10.
IE 11 will be the last version confirmed by Microsoft of the browser, shedding the stigma that’s been connected with it for over a decade. Originally released in October 2013, you’ll still find support and security updates throughout the years until its lifecycle ends in January 2023.
Windows 10 shipped in July 2015 with Internet Explorer 11 version 11.0.10240.16384, which is the last major update expected to happen to the IE brand browser.
While IE is still a commonly used browser by consumers, it’ll stick around for a while longer. If you haven’t given Edge a chance, we suggest you do so. Since it ships with Windows 10, it’s ready and waiting for you to try it.
It’ll still be another eight years before we know for sure whether consumers are ready to give up on IE. Until then, get used to IE 11 in Windows 10 and beyond.