Stop Microsoft will stop using Internet Explorer next year, after more than 25 years.
Internet Explorer ‘s prominent position gradually faded as competing browsers, such as Google Chrome, overtook it.
Internet Explorer accounted for less than 2 percent of the global browser market for desktop computers in April, while Google Chrome accounted for more than 65 percent of this market.
The browser has featured prominently in the browser battle nearly 20 years ago and in the US government’s antitrust battle against the software giant.
The old web browser has not been used largely by most consumers for years, but Microsoft ends Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022, by retiring it in favor of Microsoft Edge.
The company said: We announce that the future of Internet Explorer through Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge, and the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be terminated and support will stop on June 15, 2022 for certain versions of Windows 10.
While the long-term service channel LTSC for Windows 10 continues to include Internet Explorer next year, all consumer releases are ending support for the browser.
Microsoft does not clarify this, but it is possible that we will see the end of Internet Explorer for Windows either in June 2022 or soon after.
The alternative for most companies will be Microsoft Edge with IE mode, and Microsoft created IE mode two years ago, allowing companies to adopt the new Chromium-based browser for old websites.
IE mode supports legacy ActiveX controls and legacy sites, which are still used by many companies.
Microsoft is promising to support this IE mode in Microsoft Edge until at least 2029.
Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer 11 for the Microsoft Teams web app last year, and plans to block it from accessing Microsoft 365 services later this year.
Internet Explorer 11 will no longer support Microsoft’s online services, such as: Office 365, OneDrive, Outlook and more, on August 17th.
Microsoft has also been trying to prevent people from using Internet Explorer for more than five years.
Microsoft Edge made its debut in 2015, ending the Internet Explorer trademark.
The company has since classified Internet Explorer as a compromise rather than a browser, and has encouraged companies to stop using the old browser in favor of the new IE-enabled browser.
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