Microsoft retires Internet Explorer after 27 years, Know why
Microsoft has finally decided to retire the internet explorer after 27 years of its service. The web browser was first launched in 1995 as part of the add-on package Plus for Windows 95 that year. Later versions of Internet explorer were available for free downloads, or in service packs and were included in the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) service releases of Windows 95 and later versions of Windows.
Internet explorer acted as the first gateway to the World Wide Web. At that time it was the only way of accessing the popular browsers of today that we are using.
Microsoft Edge Program Manager, Sean Lyndersay announced that the Internet Explorer 11 desktop will be retired and go out of support on June 15, for certain versions of Windows 10.
Why did Microsoft decided to retire Internet Explorer?
Internet Explorer was really popular back in 2003 with around 95 per cent usage share. However, its user base fall with the release of the new browsers from other competitors and fell further year by year.
Microsoft 365 ended the support for Internet Explorer on August 17, 2021, and Microsoft teams ended the support for IE on November 30, 2020. Now the Internet Explorer has been discontinued from June 15, 2022.
Microsoft retires Internet Explorer: What will be the future of web browser?
The future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge. The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired on June 15, 2022, said Microsoft Edge Program Manager Sean Lyndersay.
He added that Microsoft Edge is faster, more secure, and provides a more modern browsing experience than the internet explorer.
Microsoft Edge has also Internet Explorer mode (IE Mode) built-in that will allow consumer to access those legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications straight from the Microsoft Edge.
As Microsoft Edge is more capable than the Internet Explorer, the company has decided to retire IE 11 desktop application. It will go out of support on June 15.
However, since Internet Explorer is a Windows Component and is included in long-term lifecycle versions of Windows such as Windows Server 2019, the web browser will continue to receive the security updates until at least 2029.