Big changes for Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, and Safari this week

Big changes for Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, and Safari this week
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As is seemingly the way these days with web browser news, it's all change this week with Microsoft 365 dropping Internet Explorer 11 support in the next few days, Microsoft Edge (opens in new tab) benefiting from improved PDF support, and even Apple getting in on the act with some tweaks to its controversial Safari (opens in new tab) redesign in the latest iPadOS 15 beta. Phew. Let's take a look at it all.

In a continuing move from Microsoft to cut Internet Explorer 11 out of the picture, thereby encouraging us all to switch over to Microsoft Edge (or one of the other best web browsers (opens in new tab) available), Microsoft has warned customers that the apps and services which make up Microsoft 365 will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 from August 17. That gives users a couple of weeks to find a new browser which they probably should have already done by now, although there is a tiny glimmer of hope for the determined souls hanging on. 

Microsoft has said the service will still work. Just about. But that users may experience connection failures or a degraded user experience. Simply put, it's time to give up on Internet Explorer 11. If you have one of the best home computers (opens in new tab) or the best laptops (opens in new tab), it's really time to also switch browsers. Even if your system is ageing, you'll do far better with one of the latest browsers such as Google Chrome (opens in new tab) or Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge web browser

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And on that note, Microsoft Edge just got a little better too courtesy of a new upgrade to how it handles PDFs. Users can now highlight sections on PDFs that they may not have been given access to comment on, as well as scanned documents. It's an improved markup experience for all and sure to come in handy. Alongside that, there are also improvements to how you can scroll and navigate through such documents using thumbnails with the clickable images displaying in the pane on the left side of the PDF reader. There's also now support for 'free text boxes' allowing users to add a freeform text box to a document wherever they need to. 

Finally, if you're a fan of one of the best tablets (opens in new tab) - the iPad - you might be keeping an eye on the latest iPadOS 15 beta. The beta introduced a 'compact' tab experience to the redesigned Safari and it has been very popular. Since then, the more traditional separate row of tabs has been reintroduced with the option for more compact tabs available via the Settings app. That should prove to be the best of both worlds, depending on your tastes. 

Jennifer has been freelancing for over 10 years. In the past, she's written about all things tech and gaming wise for outlets as varied as The Independent, Playboy, Eurogamer, and TechRadar. In her spare time, she spends far too much time watching films, attempting to train her pet guinea pigs, and mastering making the perfect burrito.  She's a full time freelancer, but a regular tech news contributor to Top Ten Reviews.