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The end of Internet Explorer



Microsoft is officially retiring Internet Explorer this week after 26 years.

On June 15 Microsoft's classic internet browser Internet Explorer is shutting down for good.

Internet Explorer was launched by Microsoft in August of 1995, and what came with essentially changed the world.

Microsoft says their new browser, Microsoft Edge, will formally take Internet Explorer's place.

Microsoft explained the retirement of the browser in a blog post last year:

"On June 15, 2022, the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired, meaning it will go out of support. Afterwards, the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be disabled on specific versions of Windows 10."

It's a plan seven years in the making, Microsoft Edge officially launched in 2015.

The browser has been compared to the likes of Google Chrome and Apple's Safari, but never really had the "edge" on the competitors.

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While it won't automatically uninstall, opening Internet Explorer on your computer will redirect the user to Microsoft Edge.

Organisations who utilise Internet Explorer will have the option to enable "IE Mode" in Microsoft Edge to continue using legacy websites and apps.

An official countdown to the browser's retirement can be found on Microsoft's website.

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