After 27 years, Microsoft will retire its oldest browser, Internet Explorer

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Microsoft has announced the retirement of Internet Explorer after 27 years of service. Microsoft has stated that it will discontinue widespread support for the old browser, allowing it to retire in peace. Microsoft supplied the browser for free as part of the package when it was first introduced in 1995 as an add-on package for Windows 95. According to the company’s announcement, Internet Explorer will be made unusable on June 15, 2022.


Why is Microsoft retiring Internet Explorer?

According to reports, Internet Explorer surged in 2003 with a 95 percent use share. However, with the advent of new browsers from rivals, Internet Explorer’s usage base declined even further in the years that followed.

Microsoft 365 will discontinue support for Internet Explorer on August 17, 2021, while Microsoft Teams will discontinue support for IE on November 30, 2020. Internet Explorer will be discontinued on June 15, 2022.

What will be the future of web browsers now as Microsoft has retired Internet Explorer?

According to Microsoft Edge Program Manager Sean Lyndersay, Microsoft Edge is the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10. Microsoft Edge not only provides a quicker, more secure, and more contemporary browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it also addresses a fundamental concern that is: compatibility with older, legacy websites and apps. According to the company, “Microsoft Edge has Internet Explorer mode (“IE mode”) built-in, so you may browse those legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications directly from Microsoft Edge.”

“With Microsoft Edge capable of taking this task and responsibility, the Internet Explorer 11 desktop program will be discontinued and moved out of support for certain versions of Windows 10 on June 15, 2022,” as per the business statement.

The Internet Explorer news has gone viral, and users have stepped forward to bid farewell to the old browser with amusing memes that are both humorous and sad in equally.

Conclusion: People who have used computers at home, school, or work in the 1990s and early 2000s will remember the Internet Explorer fondly. Internet Explorer was the initial entrance to the World Wide Web for millions of people across the world. It was the only means to access the famous internet browsers that we are all familiar to now. Microsoft paused new browser feature development in 2016, and this is the first time the technology company has decided to shut down Internet Explorer. Following the announcement of the news, people began to respond on social media.

Reference is taken from Livemint

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