Attaining a peak of about 95 per cent usage share by 2003, Internet Explorer was once the most widely used web browser
An announcement has been made by Microsoft about the retirement of its internet Explorer (IE) browser in June 2022, as the firm envisions the future of IE, which was launched in 1995, on Windows 10 in Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft, over the last year, is moving away from Internet Explorer support, such as an announcement of the end of IE support by Microsoft 365 online services.
The company on Wednesday, in a statement, said, “With Microsoft Edge capable of assuming this responsibility and more, the IE 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10”.
Attaining a peak of about 95 per cent usage share by 2003, Internet Explorer was once the most widely used web browser.
With the launch of Firefox (2004) and Google Chrome (2008) and with the growing popularity of mobile operating systems such as Android and iOS that do not support IE, its usage share has declined.
To start enjoying a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience, Microsoft recommends that you transition to Microsoft Edge before June 15, 2022 if you are a consumer using Internet Explorer at home.
If you are an organisation using IE, you may have a large set of legacy IE-based websites and apps, built up over many years.
Microsoft found that enterprises have 1,678 legacy apps on average.
“By moving to Microsoft Edge, you will be able to extend the life of your legacy websites and apps well beyond the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application retirement date using IE mode. Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge will be supported through at least 2029”, the company informed.
For web developers, Microsoft said they should plan an orderly movement to end IE support based on users’ needs.
“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”, the company said.
Users can access legacy IE-based websites and applications straight from Microsoft Edge as it has a built in Internet Explorer mode (IE mode).