Microsoft has officially retired the venerable Internet Explorer. The web browser was first launched in 1995 as part of the Plus! add-on package for Windows 95.
According to reports, the browser peaked in 2003 with a 95 per cent usage share. However, as other competitors released new browsers, their user base declined in the years that followed.
In 2016, fresh feature development for Internet Explorer was halted in favour of the new browser Microsoft Edge. This was the first time Microsoft planned to phase out Internet Explorer gradually.
Microsoft 365 will no longer support Internet Explorer on August 17, 2021, and Microsoft Teams will no longer support IE on November 30, 2020. According to reports, Internet Explorer will be phased out on June 15, 2022.
Microsoft Edge programme manager Sean Lyndersay stated that “the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 lies in Microsoft Edge.”
“Not only is Microsoft Edge a quicker, more secure, and more contemporary browsing experience than Internet Explorer,” he said, “but it also addresses a crucial concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications.”