#EndOfAnEra: After 27 years, Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer

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#EndOfAnEra: After 27 years, Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer

15 June 2022, 15:00
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Internet Explorer 11, released in 2013, is the latest version of the browser (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s 27-year-old iconic browser, is finally saying goodbye.

There was a time when the blue “e” with an orbit around it was the gateway to a world of information, but it’s been obsolete for some time.

Starting today, Microsoft will not offer support for the browser which was released as an add-on for Windows 95 in 1995.

Why is this story important?

  • Nostalgia is an inconstant thing. It can make the things we once hated most feel very lovable.
  • We all remember those days with dial-up modems and always-loaded Internet Explorer. The former now belongs in the dustbin of history, and the latter is ready to join it.
  • Whether we remember it fondly or not, IE will always have its place in Internet history.

Internet Explorer held 95% market share in 2003

Internet Explorer was released in 1995 as an add-on for Windows 95. It quickly became the go-to choice for users to browse the Internet.

In 2003, IE reached its peak with a 95% market share, sending its rival Netscape Navigator into the shadows. The main reason for its success was that it was Microsoft Windows’ default browser.

Google Chrome overtook Internet Explorer in 2012

Internet Explorer’s market dominance quickly began to fade with the launch of Mozilla Firefox in 2002 and Google Chrome in 2008. In 2010, its market share fell below 50%.

Two years later, Google Chrome overtook Internet Explorer to become the most widely used web browser. Its market share has steadily declined since then, and is now below 1%.

Microsoft hasn’t released major updates for IE since 2016

While its life was made miserable by other external browsers, things weren’t so bright for Internet Explorer internally either. Internet Explorer 11, released in 2013, remains the latest version of the browser.

Since 2016, Microsoft has not made any major updates to it. With the initial release of Microsoft Edge in 2015, the writing was on the wall for Internet Explorer.

Microsoft thanked everyone for supporting IE over the years

June 15, 2022 will be remembered as the official demise of Internet Explorer, but it’s clearly been a long time coming.

The company said, “We can’t thank everyone enough for supporting Internet Explorer over the years. Many people and organizations around the world have relied on IE to support them as they learn, grow and conduct business online.

Other browsers paid tribute to an all-time great

Microsoft sees Edge as the future

Microsoft Edge, the replacement for Internet Explorer, comes with a built-in IE mode, which will help users access legacy websites and applications.

“Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it’s also able to address a key concern: compatibility with older legacy websites and apps,” the company said. company about Edge.

Internet Explorer will be completely phased out in 2029

In a Technical FAQ, Microsoft made it clear that Internet Explorer 11 will redirect to Microsoft Edge in both supported and unsupported versions of Windows 10.

The company did not advise completely uninstalling IE, as this will cause IE mode to not work on Edge.

IE will be completely removed by September 1, 2029 for all existing Windows platforms.

Internet users in the 90s say goodbye to IE in tears

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