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Microsoft retires Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer was the browser par excellence for a long time. It once had a market share of almost 95 percent, but that is long gone. Microsoft has now replaced it with a new browser and is retiring Internet Explorer.

After almost 27 years, it’s finally over. Internet Explorer, originally released as part of Windows 95, is hardly used anymore – for good reason. The complex and slow software can’t keep up in the age of the mobile Internet. Back in 2015, Microsoft stopped development in favor of the Edge browser. Edge works on laptop and desktop as well as on smartphone and tablet. Back in May 2021, the company officially announced the end of the relic from the early days of the Internet. Now Internet Explorer is finally saying goodbye to the market.

Internet Explorer disappears from Windows

On June 15, 2022, the time has come, on this day Microsoft will finally discontinue Internet Explorer. This is no surprise. Already last year, Microsoft announced the schedule for the shutdown of the now obsolete browser in the in-house blog. It stopped supporting Microsoft Teams as early as November 2020, there have been no security updates since June 2021, and Internet Explorer also disappeared from Office suite Microsoft 365 in August 2021.

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Why wasn’t the browser discontinued earlier?

Back in 2015, Microsoft announced that it would not continue to develop Internet Explorer. Instead, the company focused on Microsoft Edge. There is one reason in particular why it held on to the old browser for a long time: Many companies still use older web applications that only work with Internet Explorer. By doing so, they rely on the simpler solution, but accumulate “technical debt” instead of switching to a more sustainable alternative. That’s why Microsoft described Internet Explorer as only a compatibility solution for older HTML applications that won’t run in newer browsers.

According to Microsoft, companies still have an average of 1678 websites and applications that require Internet Explorer. To allow companies to still use their old software, Microsoft has since added IE mode to the newer, Chromium-based version of the Edge browser. Edge can thus open pages that would otherwise only work with Internet Explorer 11. As a result, it’s possible to surf the web safely and quickly with Edge – and still use older software in the same browser. Microsoft Edge, according to the company, will be supported at least until 2029.