Microsoft decided to discontinue its web browser Internet Explorer. It is putting the final nail in
the Internet Explorer Coffin on June 15th, 2022, by retiring it in favor of Microsoft Edge. The
history of Microsoft’s web browser dates back to the 1990s, but it lost popularity in recent years.
The company announced that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows is Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft’s blog post explained that its Edge web browser is faster and more secure. It also
offers a more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer. The browser is able to address
a key concern, which is the compatibility for older, legacy websites, and applications.
The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and it will lose support on June 15,
2022, for certain versions of Windows 10.
The Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) of Windows 10 will still include its old web browser
in 2022. But all consumer versions will end support of the company’s web browser. The tech
giant doesn’t make it clear, but, likely, users will finally see the end of Internet Explorer being
bundled in Windows either June 2022 or soon after.
Microsoft and its customers
Most companies will switch to Microsoft Edge with IE mode. The company created its IE mode
for Edge several years ago, and it allowed businesses to adopt the new Chromium-based browser
for older legacy websites. It supports older ActiveX controls and legacy sites, which are
surprisingly still used by many companies. Microsoft is promising to support IE mode in Edge
for years to come, more precisely until through at least 2029.
The company decided to dismantle its old web browser many years ago. It ended support for
Internet Explorer 11 for the Microsoft Teams web app in 2020. The company is planning to cut it
off from accessing Microsoft 365 services later this year. Users should not offer that Office 365,
OneDrive, and other services will no longer support Internet Explorer in several months.
One of the most famous companies in the world has been trying to stop people from using
Internet Explorer for years. The successor of Internet Explorer appeared in 2015, and it kicked
off the end of the Internet Explorer brand. Several years ago the company labeled its old web
browser a “compatibility solution” rather than a browser. It also encouraged businesses to stop
using the aging browser in favor of Edge and its IE Mode.