Microsoft ends Internet Explorer’s 26-year journey

Multinational tech corporation, Microsoft is putting an end to its web browser, Internet Explorer by 2022.

Microsoft Edge program manager, Sean Lyndersay said: “We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge. The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10.”

Launched in 1995, Internet Explorer gradually faded as demand grew rapidly for rival browsers such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari.

In 2019, Microsoft started blocking some sites from opening up in Internet Explorer, instead users were redirected towards its Edge browser. Last year, Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer 11 for the Microsoft Teams web app and it’s planning to cut it off from accessing Microsoft 365 services later this year.

According to the software giant, the new Edge browser boasts better compatibility, higher speed, and better security than Internet Explorer, and a built-in “IE mode” for browsing legacy websites that still require the program.

The company states: “Microsoft Edge offers the highest-rated protection against both phishing attacks and malware on Windows 10 with Microsoft Defender SmartScreen. It also offers Password Monitor, which scans the dark web to identify if your personal credentials have been compromised. And with tie-ins to the Microsoft 365 Security suite, Microsoft Edge is even better for organizations.”


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