Microsoft says goodbye to Internet Explorer: it will be obsolete after 27 years of service

Retiring one of the web’s most iconic browsers will affect specific versions of Windows 10 and officially won’t work on Windows 11, where the default will be Edge.

After 25 years of service at Microsoft, Internet Explorer will finally be permanently replaced and will no longer be available in versions after Windows 10. The browser was developed in 1995 and made its first appearance in Windows 95 the same year.

Internet Explorer peaked until 2003 and then faced other new browsers which meant fierce competition. Like Safari or Google Chrome. Ultimately in 2016 Microsoft decided to stop improving its functions to create a new element: Microsoft Edge.

From the company, they point out that “Microsoft Edge not only offers a faster, safer, and more modern experience than searching in Internet Explorer. It is also able to address a key concern: compatibility with old sites and applications”.

Why is Internet Explorer going away?

But it happened the company had already announced last year that the classic Windows browser would no longer be compatible with some of the latest versions of the operating system (Windows 10 and later). The official end of Explorer is dated next Wednesday June 15the day it will be retired and no longer receive support.

Microsoft also pointed out that Edge, its replacement, already has the features needed to meet the challenges of new apps and website compatibility. And that was one of the main reasons why Explorer was taken down.

During the last years, Internet Explorer had stopped supporting many websites. In particular with the aspects of accessibility for the users that they integrate today. For example, since August 17, 2021, it no longer worked to access Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel, etc.

Retiring one of the web’s most iconic browsers will affect specific versions of Windows 10 and officially won’t work on Windows 11, where the default will be Edge.

According to Microsoft, “For supported operating systems, Internet Explorer will continue to receive security updates and technical support. But only for the lifecycle of the version of Windows on which it is installed.

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