Google is ending support for Meet on IE11 next week

Back in May, Microsoft announced that it is ending support for Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) on June 15, 2022. It also detailed a number of steps consumers and IT admins can take to transition their activities and workloads to supported browsers. Today, Google has reminded that it is ending support for its video conferencing tool Meet on IE11 next week as well.

A side by side comparison of Google Meet open on IE11 and Edge

This move isn't completely out of the blue. Google already announced in December 2020 that it will stop supporting Workspace apps on IE11 from March 15, 2021. It also started showing banners on its websites for IE11 users, recommending them to transition to supported browsers. In fact, under default behavior and settings, if you try to open Google Meet's web portal on IE11, even Microsoft automatically opens Edge instead and shows why it did so on IE11 (screenshot above).

Google Meet will not work on IE11 from August 17, 2021, which is a week from now. It is important to note that Meet on IE11 will not launch at all from this date onwards, this is not a case where you'll be able to utilize an unsupported version of the portal. Google has recommended that you migrate your workflow to supported browsers such as Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox. You can find more details here.

Knowing impending timelines, it makes sense that Google is killing support for the legacy browser now. In fact, Microsoft itself dropped support for services such as Teams and Office apps on IE11 last year. Twitter did the same as well in June 2020 as well.

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