Love It or Leave It? QuickBooks Desktop Needs Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Uninstalls It.

We all know that software companies recommend running current versions of their frameworks and applications. Often for security reasons, software developers regularly update their products to make them more capable of avoiding or fending off attack of various kinds. New feature and integration delivery and updated compatibility requirements are also big drivers of software updates. Especially as online threats increase and attack potential skyrockets, businesses need to keep their systems updated and secure, and a regular cadence of updates and upgrades makes good sense… but only when the potential impacts of the upgrade have been thoroughly explored. With Windows 10 and 11 and the improved Edge browser (improved over IE), users are loving the enhancements and features. QuickBooks desktop users, on the other hand, might have preferred that Microsoft just leave Windows browsers alone.

The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022

Microsoft is removing Internet Explorer 11 on some Windows 10 computers, and it doesn’t come with Windows 11. According to Microsoft:

The future of Internet Explorer (“IE”) on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge. What does this mean for commercial organizations, IT admins, developers, and end users? Microsoft Edge brings you a faster, more secure, and more modern web experience than Internet Explorer. Also, Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode (“IE mode”), is the only browser with built-in compatibility for legacy IE-based sites and apps.

As announced today, Microsoft Edge with IE mode is officially replacing the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application on Windows 10. As a result, the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will go out of support and be retired on June 15, 2022 for certain versions of Windows 10.

Internet Explorer 11 has been an old technology browser for many years now, so it isn’t surprising that Microsoft is moving ahead with Edge. Browsers are used for far more than just viewing static web pages or bulletin-board chat rooms, so they have grown into frameworks that support a wide variety of processes and procedures. As browsers go, IE11 just doesn’t cut it any longer. But there is a hitch that can really mess up the (literally) millions of QuickBooks desktop users out there who innocently update their computers when Microsoft pushes it via Windows update.

IE11 gets removed from the machine, but QuickBooks desktop 2021 and earlier are dependent on IE11 to run

A little dependency is unavoidable in any good relationship where cooperation and compromise are involved. But being a little too dependent on another can be unhealthy and put a lot of stress on the relationship. Dependencies are among the things to consider any time a software update or upgrade is about to be installed. What relationship does the software about to be updated have to other applications or services installed? Is the new version going to get along with the other applications on the system, or will it even run on the current system? These are the things which should be closely looked at to avoid problems post-update.

Many users are already reporting problems opening their QuickBooks desktop software due to IE being removed from their Windows 10 computers. Microsoft has announced the retirement of IE11, but most users either don’t pay attention to those notices or they don’t really understand the implications. These are among the things that Mendelson Consulting and the NOOBEH cloud services teams pay attention to for you, so that we can help you avoid the things that keep your business from doing business.

If you find that your QuickBooks desktop software will no longer run due to IE having been disabled or removed on your computer, you can link here to find instructions on how to disable and enable Internet Explorer on Windows 10. This will get IE re-installed on your computer so that you can make your QuickBooks desktop software work again.

QuickBooks Desktop 2022 versions are compatible with Windows 11 and Edge browser

QuickBooks Desktop 2022 versions, including Pro, Premier and Enterprise editions, are certified as fully compatible with Windows 11 64-bit, but only if you have installed R3 or later. Other year versions of QuickBooks (and QB 2022 desktop running a prior update release level) may experience unexpected issues including problems with browser compatibility.

What’s the benefit of modernizing if it breaks your business?

Updating application software often means also updating your operating platforms. To keep your business running smoothly, you need to make sure to keep your computers and your application software up to date. It makes no sense to fix a vulnerability in one place but leave another open. Yet sometimes your software vendors don’t do things in an order that works for you, and you end up breaking something that the business depends on. This is where companies find additional value in what Mendelson Consulting and NOOBEH cloud services offer.

For customers running their QuickBooks desktop applications on the Microsoft cloud with NOOBEH, we got you covered. Among the many benefits of working with Mendelson Consulting and NOOBEH cloud services is that we help keep your business software and systems working for you, not against you. We stay up to date with the latest changes to platforms and software systems to ensure that compatibility and performance isn’t compromised. We help businesses leave their old systems and migrate to modern, agile cloud platforms that businesses love.

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