Microsoft launched Internet Explorer on Aug. 16, 1995, as it became the top web browser for years. But those days are now long gone.
After nearly 27 years, Internet Explorer will no longer be supported by Microsoft as of June 15, as the company is pushing users to Microsoft Edge.
The end of Internet Explorer doesn’t come as a surprise, as Microsoft announced the decision for the browser to retire last year on May 19, 2021.
“Today, we are at the next stage of that journey: we are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge,” Microsoft said at the time.
“Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications. Microsoft Edge has Internet Explorer mode (“IE mode”) built in, so you can access those legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications straight from Microsoft Edge.”
For those organizations that still depend on Internet Explorer, they will need to use the “IE mode” on Edge going forward. Microsoft said in their announcement on Wednesday that IE mode will last until about 2029.
“Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge enables backward compatibility and will be supported through at least 2029,” Microsoft said. “Additionally, Microsoft will provide notice one year prior to the retirement of IE mode.”
The most popular web browser in the world is currently Google Chrome, as nearly 65% of people use it. Apple’s web browser Safari is second with about 19% of the web browser market, followed by Edge (about 4%) and Firefox (3.26%), according to Statcounter.
“At its 2002 peak, Internet Explorer commanded 95% of the browser market,” according to CNN Business.
Sean Lyndersay, General Manager, Microsoft Edge Enterprise, said in a blog post on Wednesday that Internet Explorer could not keep up with modern web browsers anymore.
“But the web has evolved and so have browsers,” Lyndersay wrote. “Incremental improvements to Internet Explorer couldn’t match the general improvements to the web at large, so we started fresh. Microsoft Edge is a faster, more secure and modern browser—the best browser for Windows—designed for today’s internet.”