Microsoft have decided to end the life of Internet Explorer today. The web browser has been in operation for 27 years, having been released in 1995. The search browser came as an add-on for Windows 95. In this article we will take you through the changes and what you need to know.
What Will Happen to Internet Explorer?
On Wednesday 15th June 2022 Internet Explorer (IE) will (almost) breathe its last byte. Microsoft will be ending support for the browser on multiple Windows versions. The application will be disabled and replaced with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge. Users will be automatically redirected to Edge when launching IE11.
According to Microsoft, the future of browsing is with Microsoft Edge, which will combine the technology of Edge with IE mode. This will give it a dual engine advantage enabling users to use the web of yesterday with the web of today. This means within Edge, you can use modern sites with Chromium and legacy sites using IE mode. Microsoft explains it in more detail in this video. Essentially IE will live on through Edge.
Here are some fun and helpful facts:
- Windows 11 doesn’t support IE
- It will no longer work on Windows 10
- Internet Explorer will technically live on through Microsoft Edge
- Enable IE mode in Microsoft Edge here.
- Between 2000 & 2005 Internet Explorer had 90% of the market, but later fell as faster alternatives like Chrome & Firefox emerged
- In 2013 Microsoft was fined £484m for failing to promote other web browsers in the Windows operating system.
For some users its an end of an era as Internet Explorer is one of the oldest and first browsers. Therefore, it will leave many users feeling nostalgic as they say their goodbyes. If you are still using IE and need help to move across to another web browser, please contact us today.