Microsoft Internet Explorer ends after 27 years


Microsoft is finally pulling the curtains on Internet Explorer, one of the most popular search engine browsers, after twenty-seven (27) years of use. The web browser will be officially retired on June 15, 2022.

Internet Explorer, released in 1995, was first announced that year as part of the Windows 95 add-on package.

However, it was later provided as free downloads or in-service packs and included in the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) service releases of Windows 95 and later versions of Windows.

However, development of new features for the browser was discontinued in 2016 in favor of the new web browser, Microsoft Edge.

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In May 2021, the company announced that as of June 15, 2022, the Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application will no longer be supported on Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channels and Windows 10 IoT Semi-Annual Channels.

The company also encouraged its customers to move to Microsoft Edge, the successor to IE, which supports legacy and modern websites and apps.

It added that organizations that rely on older Internet Explorer-based sites and apps can access them through a special IE mode of Microsoft Edge.

However, this termination will not affect Windows 10 LTSC or Windows Server IE11 desktop applications. It also does not affect the MSHTML (Trident) engine.

“We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge. Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it can also address a key concern: compatibility for older, outdated websites and applications. Microsoft Edge has built in Internet Explorer mode (“IE mode”) so you can access those outdated Internet Explorer-based websites and applications directly from Microsoft Edge,” the company said in a blog post.

“Because Microsoft Edge is able to take on this responsibility and more, the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and will no longer be supported for certain versions of Windows 10 on June 15, 2022.”

Internet Explorer was once the most widely used web browser, reaching a peak of about 95% in 2003.

However, its usage share started to decline with the launch of its competitors such as Firefox (2004) and Google Chrome (2008), and with the growing popularity of mobile operating systems such as Android and iOS that do not support Internet Explorer.

Netizens took to Twitter to say goodbye to the aging browser in the form of posts and memes that are as hilarious as they are nostalgic. Let’s take a look at a few:

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