This week, Microsoft finally took a decision that had been years in the making: the company announced that its embattled Internet Explorer web browser would be retired on June 15, 2022. IE debuted in 1995 and was preinstalled on every Windows system for nearly two decades, starting in 1997. However, its pervasiveness should not be confused with popularity. IE had issues with pace, reliability, and performance, not to mention a never-ending slew of profoundly troubling security flaws.
In 1995, Microsoft released the first version of Internet Explorer for Windows. Since then, the web browser has been around for more than 25 years. Most of this existence was marred by a steady decrease in its user base over time, owing to its sluggish evolution, which was outpaced by rivals such as Google Chrome.
Since 2015, Microsoft has been attempting to nudge its users toward Edge, the IE replacement that debuted with Windows 10. This week was no exception.
Microsoft Edge program manager Sean Lyndersay announced the end-of-life plan for Internet Explorer in a blog post on Wednesday.
If Internet Explorer has been your go-to for years, Microsoft Edge can now be your trusted web companion
However, Internet Explorer, like many other pervasive late 1990s and early 2000s Microsoft products, took a long time to die.
Microsoft revealed in a recent blog post that the Internet Explorer 11 web programme would be retired on June 15, 2022. The business has also given a timetable for the app’s demise. Microsoft’s blog stated:
We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge
The Business Cites a Number of Explanations for this Shift which Includes:
- It claims that Edge is more compatible than IE11. It cites Edge’s dual-engine advantage, which supports both legacy and modern websites, in contrast to IE 11’s built-in legacy browser support for websites and applications.
- Microsoft also highlights many new Edge features that provide significantly improved productivity over Internet Explorer. It also claims that the browser is much more stable than Internet Explorer 11.
- If you’re still using Internet Explorer, Microsoft recommends switching to Edge. According to the company, the transition will go smoothly, with an easy transfer option for all passwords, favorites, and other browsing data from Internet Explorer.
- More specifically, Microsoft Edge also has an integrated Internet Explorer mode to allow users to access it if they find a website requiring IE to run.