Microsoft Preparing to Shut Down Internet Explorer after 27 Years from June 15

Microsoft Preparing to Shut Down Internet Explorer after 27 Years from June 15
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Tech giant Microsoft has finally announced the retirement of its oldest browser, Internet Explorer. After 27 years of service, the app is set to retire in peace this week. Internet Explorer was first released in 1995 as an add-on package for Windows 95.

 Later, Microsoft started providing it for free as part of the package. Sharing the latest update, Microsoft said that Internet Explorer will be rendering inoperable from June 15. Internet Explorer’s usage share is relatively low already.

Only Microsoft knows the real numbers, but most third-parties that release browser stats see it at below 0.50% of the entire market. Edge is the default browser on Windows 11 already, and it seems likely that most home users have moved on already.

Migrating to Microsoft Edge

Organizations that still use Internet Explorer have six weeks to migrate to Edge before this is happening automatically. The browser reached a peak of 95 percent usage in 2003, but it was unable to maintain its position, and the user base began to decline dramatically.

Many competitors entered the browser market and began offering better user interfaces, faster internet speeds, and smoother performance. It appears that Internet Explorer was unable to keep up with the competition, and it has gradually devolved into nothing more than a default explorer used to install other browsers.

Words said by Microsoft Program Manager

Sean Lyndersay, Microsoft Edge Program Manager, stated that “the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 lies in Microsoft Edge.” “Not only is Microsoft Edge a quicker, more secure, and more contemporary browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it also addresses a crucial concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications,” he added further.

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The alternative for most businesses will be Microsoft Edge with IE mode. Microsoft created its IE mode for Edge a couple of years ago, and it has allowed businesses to adopt the new Chromium-based browser for older legacy websites. IE mode supports older ActiveX controls and legacy sites, which are surprisingly still used by many businesses. Microsoft is promising to support this IE mode in Edge until at least 2029.

End of Internet Explorer

Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer 11 for the Microsoft Teams web app last year, and it’s planning to cut it off from accessing Microsoft 365 services later this year. Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be supported for Microsoft’s online services like Office 365, OneDrive, Outlook, and more on August 17th.

Microsoft has also been trying to stop people from using Internet Explorer for more than five years. Microsoft Edge first appeared in 2015, and it kicked off the end of the Internet Explorer brand. Microsoft has since labelled Internet Explorer a “compatibility solution” rather than a browser and encouraged businesses to stop using the ageing browser in favour of Edge and its IE mode.

Microsoft halted new browser feature development in 2016, and this may be the first time the tech giant has decided to phase out Internet Explorer. Netizens said they were feeling kinda nostalgic after the news broke out.

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Deepika Khare