Most of us are familiar with and have used Microsoft’s OG web browser, Internet Explorer. Although the browser was one of the first web browsers available in the market, it has become obsolete over time. Now Microsoft is finally putting it to rest, and here’s what you need to know about it.
Microsoft will soon kill Internet Explorer
After dropping support for Microsoft 365 on Internet Explorer in August 2020, Microsoft announced the web browser’s retirement schedule last year. As confirmed by the Redmond giant, most versions of Windows 10 will stop supporting Internet Explorer from June 15, 2022.
So, after next week, you will no longer be able to use Internet Explorer and those who still use it will be redirected to the Edge browser. Microsoft shared full details on the impact of IE’s retirement in an official blog post Last year.
Now, the death of Internet Explorer comes as no surprise as the web browser struggled to catch up with competitors such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and even Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser. Therefore, the company introduced an integrated IE mode in Edge and encouraged Windows users to switch to it before closing the native Internet Explorer desktop application.
It’s also worth noting that while the Internet Explorer 11 desktop app will drop support for most versions of Windows 10, it will continue to support older versions of Windows such as Windows 8.1, Windows 7 ESU, Windows SAC and Windows 10 IoT LTSC. Additionally, users looking to use IE on unsupported Windows versions can enable Dedicated IE Mode in Edge Chromium to load older websites and apps that don’t work on Edge or other Chromium-based browsers. .
You can check out our detailed step-by-step guide on how to enable IE mode in Edge if you are interested. Otherwise, you can use Edge or switch to any other modern browser on your desktop after IE dies in the next few days. Also let us know your thoughts on Microsoft shutting down Internet Explorer in the comments below.