Internet Explorer is finally coming to an end. Microsoft announced this past week that they plan to retire Internet Explorer. This will go into effect June 15th, 2022 in order for Microsoft Edge to continue to grow. In the past five years, Microsoft has been trying to switch all users over to Microsoft Edge, which was first revealed in 2015.
"While the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) of Windows 10 will still include Internet Explorer next year, all consumer versions will end support of the browser. Microsoft doesn’t make it clear (and we’re checking), but it’s likely that we’ll finally see the end of Internet Explorer being bundled in Windows either in June 2022 or soon after." (Verge.com)
During Microsoft's announcement, team members shared that Internet Explorer is a slow web browser and no longer functional for the current modern web functions. "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", wrote Alison Rayome of cnet.com.
The History of Internet Explorer
In July 1995, Microsoft released Internet Explorer after the launch of Windows 95. A gentlemen by the name of Thomas Reardon was the brains behind IE. He wanted to create a web browser that allowed all users to not only browse the web, but to access online banking, watch videos, listen to music etc. As you can imagine the release of Internet Explorer was a major deal. At the time it was only the second web browser behind the creation of WorldWideWeb (Nexus), which made its debut in 1990. IE quickly became the most popular web browser and reached its peak usage share of about 95% in 2002 and 2003.
Internet Explorer had a great run. For more than 25 years IE was used by millions of people a day to complete daily searchers. Microsoft believes the new Chromium-based Edge will help to diminish all issues users were having with IE.