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Automation 360 and upcoming Internet Explorer 11 EOL FAQ

  • Updated: 2022/05/17
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Automation 360 and upcoming Internet Explorer 11 EOL FAQ

Microsoft has announced end-of-life (EOL) for Internet Explorer beginning June 2022 and recommends using Microsoft Edge or Microsoft Edge in Internet Explorer (IE) mode. This will impact automations (bots) based on the operating system currently in use where the bots are run.

For details, see the following table:

Microsoft operating system Automation 360 and Enterprise 11 bots
Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel Update bots to use a compatible browser.

For a list of supported browsers, see Browser requirements for RPA Workspace.

All other supported operating systems No immediate impact

Starting from the Automation 360 v.25 release, you will be prompted to access the Control Room through an alternative supported browser, such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium) instead of Internet Explorer. Your Control Room will no longer be accessible on Internet Explorer. By aligning with the Microsoft strategy for browser support, we can provide you with enhanced functionality that latest browsers such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge make technologically possible.

General FAQ

How do I know if I am going to be impacted by the Internet Explorer EOL?
To assess whether you are actually impacted by the Internet Explorer EOL, you need to do the following:
  • Check whether the underlying legacy application or website can run only on Internet Explorer and is not moved to any other browser.
  • Check whether the device on which the bot is running has Windows 10 version using Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) license.

If the answer to both of the above is Yes, you are impacted by the Internet Explorer EOL.

Why this change?
Microsoft recently announced that Internet Explorer will be retired on June 15, 2022 for certain versions of Windows operating systems.

While we will end support for the Control Room on Internet Explorer, we will continue to add new and advanced features that will be supported on alternative browsers.

Browser requirements for RPA Workspace | Lifecycle FAQ - Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge
When will the support end?
Starting from the upcoming Automation 360 v.25 release, any user trying to access the Control Room through Internet Explorer will be prompted to use alternative browsers such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium).
Can I connect to Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10 Control Room?
You can continue to use Internet Explorer to connect to the Enterprise 11 Control Room.
What about the automations that I have already built using Internet Explorer?
Microsoft is planning to discontinue support for Internet Explorer from June 2022 on certain operating systems. If this change impacts you, you should start planning to update your automations to use other browsers, such as Microsoft Edge (Chromium).

See Lifecycle FAQ - Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge for list of Windows operating systems supporting Internet Explorer.

For information about scenario-based automation updates, see Migration FAQ.

Does the EOL impact my running automations if they are running on OS versions other than Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise licensed through the Semi-Annual Channel (SAC)?
No, your automations will not be impacted if they are running on OS versions other than Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise licensed through SAC. For more information, see the FAQ available from Microsoft.

Lifecycle FAQ - Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge

My organization has legacy apps and websites based on Internet Explorer 11 that are automated using Automation 360. We plan to move our legacy apps to Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode before the EOL date. What will happen to my existing automations built on Internet Explorer 11?
After you move your legacy apps to Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode, the automations that you previously built on Internet Explorer 11 will run only after you edit them and make them work for Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode.

You might have to capture the objects again and update the corresponding actions on these objects so that the automations can run successfully on Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode.

My application is running on Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode. Can I create and run object-based automations on Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode using Automation 360?
Yes, starting from Automation 360 v.23, object-based automations are supported for Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode. You can record objects and perform various actions by using Universal Recorder to automate your applications that run on Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode.
Note: A separate plug-in extension is not required. You can use the Microsoft Edge plug-in extension for your Microsoft Edge browser with Internet Explorer mode as well.
Will Automation Anywhere provide any tool to convert automations that use Internet Explorer