Microsoft introduced Microsoft Edge with the release of Windows 10 and at the same time, the company stopped working on Internet Explorer. However, there are some diehard fans who are still sticking around with the old browser.
Microsoft has already warned IE users that they are missing out on many new features that are available in modern browsers. The Redmond giant advised them that they should switch to a new browser as soon as possible. Microsoft’s Chris Jackson stated in a blog post published earlier this year:
“We’re not supporting new web standards for it and, while many sites work fine, developers by and large just aren’t testing for Internet Explorer these days. They’re testing on modern browsers.”
The end of support deadline for IE 10 falls on January 31, 2020. Starting February 2020, the only supported version of Internet Explorer would be IE 11 on Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012.
It is understandable that Microsoft seriously wants to deprecate the legacy Internet Explorer browser once and for all. Meanwhile, some companies rely on IE as their main browser. Microsoft has mentioned it several times that enterprise users should move forward because of the security vulnerabilities that exist in the legacy version.
74 IE Support Articles Are No Longer Available
Now it looks like Microsoft has found a solution to deal with this situation. A Reddit user @VulturEMaN reported that the company has started to delete IE8/9 documentation. Moreover, Microsoft is also removing the update from the RSS feed itself
My RSS feeds for MS documentation updates is showing a lot of IE8/9 documentation updates, but when I click those links all result in a 404. Likely these pages are being deleted. This just started over the last 2 days.
At the time of writing this article, Microsoft has deleted around 74 support articles.
This is not the first time that Microsoft is using this strategy. However, users were annoyed by the fact that they should have archived the support articles instead of completely removing them from the web. A Redditor pointed out that the change is not limited to IE:
“Not just IE pages, All urls starting with: technet., support., social., blogs. Pages will be deleted soon people moving their blogs to outside of MS domain’s. Even updates in catalog started to be clean up. Only sources will be techcommunity.microsoft.com and docs.microsoft.com in near future.”
People are of the opinion that documentation is still important for reference purposes. There are still many hospitals, government organizations that are still using legacy software/hardware combinations. There are many old Microsoft products that cause headaches for system admins who are responsible for figuring out problems.
Perhaps, that is the only option left for Microsoft to push IE users to a modern browser like Edge. Those who are still using IE may find some of the relevant support articles in the archive.