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Microsoft announces retirement of its longstanding Internet Explorer



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  • The Internet Explorer 11 application will be retiring on June 15, 2022.
  • Internet Explorer was once the most widely used web browser in 2003.
  • Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer 11 for the Microsoft Teams web app last year.

Microsoft has announced that it will retire the desktop application of its dated web browser Internet Explorer in June next year. The company will instead promote Microsoft Edge as its web browser to all users.

Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be supporting Microsoft’s online services like Office 365, OneDrive, Outlook, and more on August 17th. Microsoft is encouraging users, who still want to use Internet Explorer, use the Internet Explorer(IE) mode found on Edge.

The company is encouraging users to shift to Microsoft Edge instead, which has legacy support for Internet Explorer-based websites built-in. The web browser used to account for over 90% of the market share around 2004 but dropped steadily since the launch of Google Chrome in 2008. It has less than 1% market share today.

The company said in a statement on Wednesday:

“With Microsoft Edge capable of assuming this responsibility and more, the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10.”

“The future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge is not only a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications.”

Declining share and technology may be the Major Reason:

Google’s Chrome dominates with a nearly 70% share. Internet Explorer which was originally launched in 1995 has been considered to be irrelevant in today’s consumer market with the browser holding just a 3.8% share of the desktop browser space.

Edge offers better compatibility than IE11. Edge has a dual engine advantage that supports both legacy and modern websites, as opposed to the built-in legacy browser support for websites and applications on IE 11.

If you’re a consumer using Internet Explorer at home, Microsoft recommends that you transition to Microsoft Edge before June 15, 2022, to start enjoying a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience.

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