Microsoft warns of imminent retirement of Internet Explorer

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The retirement of Internet Explorer is imminent and Microsoft has issued a final alert to users and companies that still use it to put in place their own mechanisms to “Disable IE” before June 15, 2022the date set for the final farewell to this web browser.

Internet Explorer has been nearly dead for years at the consumer level, but it’s still used in some business environments. Slow; inconsistent with standards; Insecure by default and lacking the capabilities of modern web browsers, IE is absolutely useless in today’s technological world.

Microsoft advised against its use and the move to Edge and only retained it for reasons of enterprise compatibility and the need to support previous standards for web access and application operation. A few years ago, he announced the end of his support and a withdrawal that will take place on June 15.

Withdrawal of Internet Explorer: another era is coming to an end

Internet Explorer hits the market 25 years ago as part of the “plus” package released for Windows 95 and based on Spyglass Mosaic code. It was a time of near absolute dominance of Netscape Navigator, the first commercial browser, but this release and the “browser wars” that followed changed everything.

Microsoft didn’t have to work too hard to popularize its browser. It didn’t matter if it was better or worse than the competition, just with include it in their operating systems succeeded in defenestrating Netscape and consolidating a monopoly that lasted 20 years (no less). Its default installation on Windows was the true value, as Mozilla (later Mozilla Firefox), the open development that emerged from the release of Netscape, was the better browser.

Microsoft’s strategy was controversial and there were multiple lawsuits and before regulators under the argument of this illegal exploitation of the Windows quota which ended up harming the rest of the competitors by not offering alternatives of use. Thus came the “browser wars” and the browser choice screen imposed on Microsoft by the European Union.

Finally, in 2016, the global web browsing market was turned upside down when Google Chrome has overtaken Internet Explorer in market share. Since then, the decline has been brutal and Microsoft has lost its presence in this important market which paves the way for search engines and Internet advertising.

Internet Explorer: I live in IE mode

Since the announcement of the withdrawal of Internet Explorer, Microsoft has implemented a transition system that detects when a page is incompatible with new technologies, checks if Microsoft Edge is installed on the system and opens the page there, notifying the problem to the user. user and closing Internet Explorer.

It will end with the end of his support, although it must be said that this browser will live thanks to “IE Mode”. This is a special system that allows the use of a second engine in addition to that of Chromium (MSHTML) specifically targeted to run applications that have not yet been migrated to other modern browsers.

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Works in a tab of the new Edge Chromium without the need for any other type of software and without having to use the old Internet Explorer directly. Microsoft warns that most web pages will work better in Edge and offers the option to quickly switch back to the new browser by clicking “Open in Microsoft Edge”.

This IE mode will be useful for those who still need to use Internet Explorer. Well designed by including a second engine to use compatible with IE, but in Edge and Chromium technologies, only occasionally recommended to run web applications that do not work on another browser. The general recommendation is to sign up for the Internet Explorer Retreat ending an era in the history of web browsing.


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