End Of An Era: Microsoft Retires Internet Explorer

Microsoft has ended support for Internet Explorer on Wednesday, June 15, retiring its aging web browser after nearly 27 years. The moment comes more than a year after the company said that its Internet Explorer 11 Windows 10 desktop app would be retired in favor of Microsoft Edge.

A Little History Of Internet Explorer

The first version of Internet Explorer was included in a Windows 95 Plus upgrade pack in 1995. It was once the most popular web browser, reportedly having 95% of the market in 2003. Usage dropped as rivals like Google Chrome and Apple Safari rose.

Why Microsoft Is Retiring Internet Explorer And Promoting Microsoft Edge?

“Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications,” Microsoft said of its newer browser, which launched in 2015, in a blog post.

Currently Most Popular Web Browser In The World

The most popular web browser in the world is currently Google Chrome, as nearly 65% of people use it. Apple’s web browser Safari is second with about 19% of the web browser market, followed by Edge (about 4%) and Firefox (3.26%), according to Statcounter.

What About Those People Who Are Still Using Internet Explorer?

For those organizations that still depend on Internet Explorer, they will need to use the built-in Internet Explorer Mode “IE mode” so they can access those legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications.

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