Microsoft is finally retiring Internet Explorer next year, after more than 25 years.
The aging web browser has largely been unused by most consumers for years. Still, Microsoft is putting the final nail in the Internet Explorer coffin on June 15th, 2022, by retiring it in favor of Microsoft Edge.
Many on social media bid the explorer goodbye with memes and jokes. Some said they’d miss using the browser to download competitor Google Chrome. At the same time, others joked about its slow speed, which has been criticized for over decades.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Bye Bye!!
Microsoft has confirmed that it will support Internet Explorer 11 across Microsoft 265 apps and services by next year. The company has said that it will end support for Internet Explorer from August 17, 2021, onwards.
This means that after August 17, 2021, the browser will stop working on Microsoft products such as Office 365, Outlook, and others. Before this, the company has also said that Internet Explorer will stop working on Teams From November 30, 2020. However, the devices running on Windows 10 will still have Internet Explorer as the company has not yet revealed the timeline for its complete shutdown.
In an official blog post, Microsoft said, “For degraded experiences, new Microsoft 365 features will not be available, or certain features may cease to work when accessing the app or service via IE 11.”
The company is also encouraging users to use the Microsoft Edge browser. The company also added that all the apps of Internet Explorer would also work on the new Edge browser. Microsoft said, “Users can standardize on one browser and seamlessly experience the best of the modern web in one tab while accessing a business-critical legacy IE 11 app in another tab – all housed within the new Edge.
Apart from announcing the shutdown of Internet Explorer. Microsoft also said that it is also ending support for Microsoft Edge. After March 9, 2021, the company said the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop app would not receive new security updates, and it advises users to switch to the new Microsoft Edge browser.
The Bottom line
Recently, a report by NetMarketShare revealed that Microsoft Edge is the second most popular internet browser in the world. Microsoft Edge has ‘edged’ Mozilla Firefox into third place and now has a 7.59% market share. Firefox, in the third spot, has a 7.19% market share. Google Chrome remains the undisputed number one internet browser with a whopping 68.50% market share.
Microsoft further explained, “With Microsoft Edge, we provide a path to the web’s future while still respecting the web’s past. The change was necessary, but we didn’t want to leave reliable, still-functioning websites and applications behind.”