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Microsoft Internet Explorer, company pulls support for aging web browser

Microsoft has decided to officially end support for its aging Internet Explorer web browser. To recall, the Internet Explorer is more than 25 years old and is one of the most popular web browser.

After serving for over two and a half decades, Microsoft has officially announced the retirement of its aging web browser, Internet Explorer. On June 15, 2022, Internet Explorer will no longer receive support or security updates from Microsoft, marking the end of an era in web browsing history. According to reports, the aging IE browser will be replaced by Microsoft Edge.

Internet Explorer: A Gradual Decline

Internet Explorer’s decline can be traced back to the early 2000s, when newer and more innovative browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome emerged. These browsers offers faster performance, better security, and a more user-friendly interface. Furthermore, these browsers quickly gaining popularity among internet users.



  • Microsoft’s Response

In an attempt to regain lost ground, Microsoft introduced its own modern browser, Edge, in 2015. Edge was built on the Chromium open-source project. It is the same foundation as Chrome. Thus, offering a more streamlined and compatible browsing experience.

  • Encouraging a Smooth Transition

Microsoft has been actively encouraging users to switch from Internet Explorer to Edge for several years. The company has provided various resources and incentives to help users make the transition seamlessly.

Microsoft Internet Explorer: The End of an Era

While Internet Explorer once dominated the web browsing landscape, its time has come to an end. The official retirement of Internet Explorer marks a significant shift in the web browser market, as Edge continues to evolve and gain popularity.

  • Looking Ahead

With the retirement of IE, Microsoft is focusing on providing users with a modern and secure browsing experience through Edge. The company continues to develop and enhance Edge, adding new features and improvements regularly.

Microsoft has been encouraging users to switch from Internet Explorer to its modern browser, Microsoft Edge, for several years. Also Read – Windows 10 improvements possible, as Windows 10X gets cancelled

  • Support End Dates

Microsoft has outlined the specific end dates for IE support:

  1. June 15, 2022: Support for the IE 11 desktop application will end for certain versions of Windows 10.
  2. June 15, 2023: Support for IE 11 will end for all Windows 10 consumer versions.
  3. December 31, 2023: IE 11 will continue to be available on the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) of Windows 10 until this date.
  • Future of Internet Explorer on Windows

Meanwhile, Microsoft has not yet clarified whether future versions of Windows will feature Internet Explorer or not. However, rumors suggest that support for Windows 10 could continue bundled with future Windows updates, possibly continuing until June 2022 or soon after.



  • What Users Should Do

Microsoft strongly recommends that users switch from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge for a more secure and modern browsing experience. Furthermore, Edge offers enhanced performance, improved security, and a more user-friendly interface.

The aging Microsoft Internet Explorer will be replaced by Microsoft Edge browser
The aging Internet Explorer will be replaced by Edge browser

Internet Explorer to Be Replaced by Microsoft Edge

Microsoft is set to fully phase out its aging web browser, IE, and replace it with its modern browser, Microsoft Edge. To ensure a seamless transition for businesses and users, Microsoft has introduced an IE mode within Edge. Meanwhile, this mode allow users to continue using their existing Internet Explorer websites and applications without disruption.

  • IE Mode: A Bridge to the New

The IE mode seamlessly integrates into Edge, providing a compatibility layer that enables users to run their legacy Internet Explorer websites and applications directly within Edge. This mode also eliminates the need for users to switch between browsers. Thus, ensuring a smooth transition to the new Chromium based Edge.

  • Extended Support for IE Mode

Microsoft has committed to providing support for IE mode within Edge until 2029, giving businesses and users ample time to fully migrate to the new browser. This extended support ensures a smooth and disruption-free transition to the modern browsing experience offered by Edge.

  • A New Era of Web Browsing

Microsoft is ushering in a new age of online browsing with the demise of Internet Explorer and the continuing support for IE mode within Edge. Additionally, Microsoft Edge provides better performance, security, and a more user friendly design. Thus, making it an appealing alternative for both companies and consumers.



As Microsoft continues to develop and enhance Edge. Furthermore, users can expect a browser that meets the demands of the ever evolving digital landscape.

Microsoft Phases Out Internet Explorer 11: A Timeline of Browser Support

Microsoft has been steadily phasing out its aging web browser, Internet Explorer 11, in favor of its modern browser, Microsoft Edge. Meanwhile, here’s a timeline of key milestones in Internet Explorer’s support journey:

  • Year 2021

Microsoft announces the end of support for Internet Explorer 11 in Microsoft Teams, signaling a shift away from the legacy browser.

  • Year 2022

The company also plans to end support for Internet Explorer 11 for certain versions of Windows 10, marking a significant step towards its retirement.

Microsoft plans to remove support for Internet Explorer 11 from accessing Microsoft 365 services later this year, further discouraging its use.



Internet Explorer 11 Support to End for Microsoft 365

Microsoft plans to end support for IE 11 for accessing Microsoft 365 services later this year. This means that users will no longer be able to use Internet Explorer 11 to access Microsoft 365 applications. These apps includes Office 365, OneDrive, and SharePoint. Users are all set to switch to the new web browser to continue using Microsoft 365 services.

Conclusion

Microsoft’s move to phase out Internet Explorer is a huge step toward a more contemporary and secure web surfing experience.  Additionally, Edge has several advantages over Internet Explorer. These includes faster speed, stronger security, and a more user-friendly design. Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to build and improve Edge. The users can also anticipate a browser that matches the needs of the ever-changing digital environment.

Written by Pulkit Sharma

I love working on WordPress, Web Designer from past 7+ years working mainly on mobile & web apps. Always keen to be part of interesting projects.

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