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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Retirement Explained

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Microsoft Corp. Wednesday announced that Explorer will be retired next year so far, in favour of the newer, more rapid, more secure browser. The pioneering web browser, which progressively grew out of favour among users over the years, will be retiring next year. So in today’s blog, we are going to know about Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Retirement and its journey.

If you have Windows 10 installed on your computer, Microsoft’s latest browser “Microsoft Edge” comes preinstalled as the default browser. The Microsoft Edge is similar to the Internet Explorer, but they are separate applications.

After more than two decades of the heroic browser wars of the 1990s, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer will finally join “Netscape Navigator” in the scrap of history.

The Announcement

Microsoft Corp. announced Wednesday that Explorer will be retired next year, in favour of the newer, more rapid, more secure Edge browser.

 “Over the last year, you may have noticed our development away from Internet Explorer (“IE”) support,” Lyndersay said. “Today, we are at the next phase of that journey: and we are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge.”

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Support for Explorer will ending on June 15, 2022, for most versions of Windows 10, Microsoft Edge program manager Sean Lyndersay said in a blog post.

The History

Internet Explorer was introduced in the year 1995 and it was free for Windows users, which sparked an often bitter battle with the then-browser-market leader, Netscape Navigator. Netscape Navigator was culminating in the year 1998 antitrust trial. Although Microsoft lost the case, by that time Explorer had won the war and was the dominant browser.

At the peak in 2001, Internet Explorer claimed more than 90% of the global browser market.

The New Era: Microsoft Edge

Edge was introduced in the year 2015, and Microsoft has progressively steered toward it.

Internet Explorer was introduced in 1995 and was bundled for free for Windows users, which sparked an often bitter battle with then-browser-market leader Netscape Navigator, culminating in a 1998 antitrust trial. Although Microsoft lost the case, by that time Explorer had won the war and was the dominant browser. At its peak in 2001, Explorer claimed more than 90% of the global browser market.

But times have changed, and Microsoft’s two browsers now string up onto a small string of the thread. Because as of April 2021, Google’s Chrome had a total of 65% of the global browser market. Then comes Apple’s Safari which had 19% and Firefox had 4%. While Microsoft’s Edge had only 3% and Internet Explorer had less than 1% of the browser market. Data according to Stat Counter.

What for Internet Explorer lovers?

Microsoft is advising those who are still using Explorer to make the swap before next summer.

For those stragglers, in his blog post, Lyndersay noted Edge has “IE mode” built-in, “so you can access those legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications straight from Microsoft Edge.”

“We can’t thank everyone enough for supporting Internet Explorer over the years,” he said.

So that‘s it for today guys about Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Retirement.

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