Given the excellent performance of the new Microsoft Edge web browser, the Redmond giant has finally decided to set the retirement date of the historic Internet Explorer.
Abandoned by a large part of Internet users, Internet Explorer is living its last moments. After 25 years of good and loyal service, Microsoft’s Internet browser is preparing to close shop. The Redmond firm has announced the date on which it would end Internet Explorer in favour of its more modern web browser, Microsoft Edge.
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Microsoft’s web browser would no longer be supported by June 2022.
This was announced by Sean Lyndersay, Microsoft Edge program manager who commented on the news saying
“We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge,” said the manager.
“The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and no longer supported on June 15, 2022 for certain versions of Windows 10.”
While Internet Explorer will continue to be included as a system application in the Windows 10 LTSC long-term support channel, the consumer versions of Windows 10 will cease to integrate that browser next year to make room, as the only option, for a Microsoft Edge based on Chromium.
Die-hard Internet Explorer users will still be able to turn to Edge’s IE mode, created a few years ago. This mode allows you to run old websites on Edge without worries. It indeed supports the old ActiveX controls, still used today by many companies. IE mode will be supported until at least 2029, reassures Microsoft.
In fact, Microsoft has been distributing the IE mode for Edge for some time. This tool is able to provide the necessary tools for business users to access and use Legacy websites, with full support for ActiveX controls. This mode will be supported, according to Microsoft’s words, at least until 2029.
The Redmond firm also points out that in addition to Edge’s compatibility with old sites, its Internet browser offers many advantages including better productivity since Edge allows you to perform different tasks from one and the same place. Edge is also more secure than IE since it has protections against phishing attacks and malware.
The retirement of Internet Explorer will be in phases spread over the coming months. The web browser is already no longer supported by the Teams web application and this will soon be the case for Microsoft 365 services. Office 365, OneDrive, Outlook and companies will no longer support Internet Explorer as of August 17th.
Microsoft obviously directs Internet Explorer users to its recent web browser, Edge, and IE mode, but there are many other alternatives; Chrome, Firefox, Ecosia, etc.
Recently, Microsoft also announced the suspension of the development of Windows 10X.
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