Microsoft’s 25 year old web browser Internet Explorer is finally set to retire next year on June 15, 2022. The decision has been made because of the attention that other advanced browsers like Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome etc. are getting due to a more secure as well as faster environment and comparatively Internet Explorer is now aging with years old features and hence has fewer users as well. As per Microsoft on its website, “the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10.”
With Microsoft Edge now having the built-in ‘Internet Explorer mode’ with which the users can view the older websites known for their legacy as they could do this only on Explorer, the latter is now rendered useless in terms of the features that it incorporates and hence doesn’t have any support from the company any longer. The decision will benefit web developers who now will not have to worry about coding websites that have to be compatible with the aging Internet Explorer.
The company plans to replace Explorer with the newest version of Microsoft Edge. To implement this, IE mode was created for Edge recently which will be supported by the browser until the year 2029 and will ensure smooth switch and transition from the older Internet Explorer to the new Chromium based Microsoft Edge.
According to the official statement by the company, “IE mode support follows the lifecycle of Windows client, Server, and IoT releases at least through 2029. Additionally, Microsoft will give one year of notice before retiring the IE mode experience when the time comes.” Earlier, the company had announced that it is going to end the support for Internet Explorer 11 from Microsoft Teams web app and Microsoft 365 apps which proved to be one step closer in the direction of retiring it.