Microsoft’s oldest browser, Internet Explorer, will be phased out completely on June 15.
Internet Explorer was released as an add-on package for Windows 95 in 1995. Microsoft then began including the browser as part of the package for free.
In 2003, the nearly three-decade-old browser had a 95% usage share. However, the browser was unable to hold its dominance, and its user base began to plummet as competitors released new browsers with improved user interfaces, faster internet speeds, and smoother performance.
Over time, Internet Explorer has deteriorated into a default browser that is used to install other browsers.
“The future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 lies in Microsoft Edge,” said Sean Lyndersay, Microsoft Edge program manager.
Lyndersay added, “Not only is Microsoft Edge a quicker, more secure, and more contemporary browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it also addresses a crucial concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications.”
“Internet Explorer mode (‘IE mode’) is incorporated into Microsoft Edge, allowing you to view older Internet Explorer-based websites and applications directly from Microsoft Edge,” the Microsoft Edge program manager said.
All currently supported versions of Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education, and IoT will be impacted by the Internet Explorer retirement. Windows 11 already ships without Internet Explorer. “Internet Explorer will not be immediately removed on all these versions today but will be progressively redirected to Microsoft Edge on all these devices over the next few months,” says Lyndersay.