Google will pull the Legacy Browser Support (LBS) add-on from copies of Chrome 86 on which it’s installed.
LBS, now baked into Chrome, was designed so IT admins could deploy Google’s browser but still call up Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) when necessary to render intranet sites or written-for-IE apps. The add-on debuted in 2013, when Chrome’s share of 18% lagged far behind IE’s still-dominant 58%.
After integrating LBS into Chrome, Google decided the add-on was unnecessary and began a several-step process to eradicate the extension. After Chrome 85’s release on Aug. 25, for example, Google was to have removed it from the Chrome Web Store. (Google hasn’t done that yet, although the label “DEPRECATED” looms large on the add-on’s page.)