Microsoft starts mass extermination of famous applications and resources for Windows 10

Microsoft plans to cancel funding and close a range of its Windows 10 laptop PC services and programs during 2021. TLS 1.0 and 1.1 encryption protocols, the Edge browser on the original Edge HTML engine, and the picture text recognition program – Office Lens… are among them.

Elimination of good services
Microsoft started 2021 by adding applications and utilities that are no longer running or supported to the Windows 10 list. The first in the list was the Office Lens operation, according to Windows New Portal.

Launched for PCs in early 2014, Office Lens is a kind of interactive “scanner” intended to improve images of documents and message boards before Windows 10 itself was launched (it was released in July 2015). As well as the ability to crop images and also convert them into Word, PowerPoint and PDF files for further editing, it makes them more readable and easier to read.

The Office Lens service itself will continue to exist, but the option to save images to OneDrive, OneNote, Word, PowerPoint or PDF is no longer accessible as of December 31, 2020 in its Windows 10 format, and this is the main aim of this project. Furthermore, Microsoft deleted Office Lens from its Microsoft Store on January 1, 2021 – now it won’t be easy to add this software on your PC or laptop.

For those who use Office Lens daily and do not want to break with the service and search for alternatives, Microsoft has issued guidelines. She encouraged these people to update Office Lens on their mobile devices. In March 2015, the branded mobile program was launched and is now available for Google Android and Apple iOS. It is delivered free of charge and, for example, it has been downloaded more than 10 million times from the Google Play store.

Alternative opportunity
Microsoft has a program that can partly, and in some cases, entirely substitute it, for those who are hesitant to dismiss Office Lens on their desktops and laptops.

This is backup for OneDrive server, writes Windows New.

There is a simple set of features in the latest edition of OneDrive that helps you to browse pictures of records, as well as message boards, business cards, and photographs. If this OneDrive feature is disabled is part of Microsoft’s plans and was not specified at the time of release.

There’s no space for obsolete browsers in Windows 10

A proprietary Microsoft browser will shortly share the fate of the Office Lens service for Windows 10. The desktop OS of the business got a new browser, Edge, initially based on the proprietary Edge HTML engine, but Microsoft decided to move it to Chromium at the end of 2018 and it did so in April 2019.

Nearly two years after the arrival of the revamped Edge, Microsoft is gearing up to support the original browser to the end. All upgrades, including security fixes, will no longer be issued for it after March 9, 2021, but Microsoft will not allow users to live on the old Edge and open their PC to the possibility of hacking.

Computers where it is already installed will automatically update and deploy Chromium-based Edge when support for an obsolete version of Edge expires. What will happen to the initial Edge is not yet clear – whether it will stay on the device or will be immediately uninstalled.

Microsoft is steadily dismantling its much more ancient browser – Internet Explorer, the very first edition of which launched in August 1995, in combination with the old Edge. Internet Explorer version 11, at the latest at the time of publishing of the content, will be able to use more for access to the Microsoft 3655 cloud service as of August 17, 2021 (before renaming – Office 365).

In addition, users who fail to operate on existing browsers for one purpose or another would not be allowed to access the online edition of the Outlook mail service either. They will also be unable to use many of the Microsoft account functions. The company suggests downloading its proprietary Edge on its PC, while Microsoft 365 can work with almost all current browsers.