Its been 25 years since Microsoft began running its browser, Internet explorer and now has decided to retire its long-running browser by next year. “The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and no longer supported for certain versions of Windows 10 on June 15, 2022.” While commenting on the decision, Sean Lyndersay, a Microsoft Edge programme manager, stated.
For years, consumers have avoided using the ageing web browser due to the emergence of better alternatives.
Internet Explorer in today’s time holds only a 3.8 percent share of the desktop browser space. Chrome from Google dominates with a nearly 70% market share. Microsoft hinted at the end of Internet Explorer last year when it announced that Microsoft 365 office applications would no longer run on the browser. Microsoft encourages users who still want to use Internet Explorer to do so through Edge’s Internet Explorer (IE) mode.
Despite the fact that Microsoft has heavily promoted its Edge browser to users, the company has continued to include Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 10. Last year, Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer 11 for the Microsoft Teams web app. Later this year, the company intends to block Internet Explorer from accessing Microsoft 365 services.
The company developed an IE mode for its Edge browser a few years ago, and it has since allowed businesses to use the new Chromium-based browser for older legacy websites. Internet Explorer in Edge Browser mode supports older ActiveX controls and legacy sites, which are still widely used by businesses. Edge’s IE mode is expected to be active until at least 2029.