Note:  Microsoft 365 apps and services will not support Internet Explorer 11 starting August 17, 2021. Learn more. Internet Explorer 11 is a component of the Windows operating system and Microsoft is committed to following the Lifecycle Policy for the product on which it is installed. For customers who are using Internet Explorer we recommend switching to the new Microsoft Edge.

For the best security and functionality, keep your web browser up to date. All modern browsers should update automatically, including the new Microsoft Edge, but please make sure your browser has auto-updates enabled. Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer will get their updates through Windows Update; it's important that you install those updates as they become available.

For more information see: Frequently Asked Questions about Windows Update.

Need to download the new Microsoft Edge? Go to Download Microsoft Edge Web Browser.

Desktop and laptop computers

Use the most recent versions of the following browsers for the best experience with Office for the web.

  • Windows 11: The new Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome

  • Windows 10: The new Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Edge Legacy, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome

  • Windows 8.1 or 7 (SP1): The new Microsoft Edge, Firefox or Chrome

  • Mac OS X (10.10 and later): The new Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari 10+ or Chrome

  • Linux: Office for the web works in the new Microsoft Edge, Firefox or Chrome on Linux, but some features may not be available.

If your organization is dependent upon Internet Explorer 8 or Internet Explorer 9 to access older web apps and services, you may want to consider evaluating IE Mode for the new Microsoft Edge

iOS Devices

We recommend using the Office mobile apps instead. You can also find them in the Apple App Store.

If you're using an older version of iOS that no longer supports the Office mobile apps, then Safari is the best browser for Office for the web on iOS but some features may not be available. 

Note:  Office for the web is no longer supported on Safari 9 or older.


There are currently no browsers on Android that are officially supported with Office for the web. We recommend using the Office for Android apps instead. You can also find them in the Google Play store.

Other devices

Most Office for the web features will work in the Microsoft Edge browser on Hololens or XBox One.

Office Add-ins

The following table shows which browser is used for the various platforms and operating systems with Office Add-ins.

Warning: Disabling Internet Explorer in the environments listed in the table below will cause Office Add-ins to stop working. Microsoft recommends upgrading to a newer version of Microsoft 365 to stop using Internet Explorer 11. 


Office version



Office for the web

The browser in which Office is opened.










Windows 7, 8.1, 10

Non-subscription Office 2013 or later

Internet Explorer 11

Windows 7

Microsoft 365

Internet Explorer 11

Windows 8.1, Windows 10 ver. < 1903

Microsoft 365

Internet Explorer 11

Windows 10 ver. <1903

Microsoft 365 ver. < 16.0.11629

Internet Explorer 11

Windows 10 ver. >=1903

Microsoft 365 ver. >= 16.0.11629 AND <16.0.13530.20424

Microsoft Edge Legacy

Windows 8.1, Windows 10 ver. >=1903

Microsoft 365 ver. >=16.0.13530.20424

Microsoft Edge *

* Requires Microsoft Edge WebView2

For more information about browsers and Office Add-ins, see Browsers used by Office Add-in.

See Also

System Requirements for Office

Office for the web Extension in Chrome

Get started with Office for the web in Microsoft 365

Download Microsoft Edge Web Browser

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