Microsoft has announced the retirement of Internet Explorer – one of the most important software in the history of the World Wide Web.
In blog postMicrosoft says that it will officially discontinue support for the classic web browser from 15 June 2022, within certain versions of Windows 10.
The company has been putting all its eggs in the Edge basket for some time and believes that it is time to move everyone to a Chromium-based browser, whether they like it or not.
In the “Internet Explorer’s future is the Edge” argument, the company states that the new browser launched with Windows 10 has an IE mode that will continue to support older sites and apps.
“Microsoft Edge is not only a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but is also able to address a major concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications,” Edge, Sean’s partner group program manager writes Linderse. “Internet Explorer Mode (” IE Mode “) is built into Microsoft Edge, so you can access those legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications directly from Microsoft Edge.”
Microsoft states that Logic has better compatibility with everything on the web, Edge’s productivity gains and, quite simply, that Edge is a better browser for use on the best laptops and best smartphones.
In early 2020 Microsoft made its remastered, Chrome-based version of Edge available to all Windows 10 users, including greater speed, the ability to stream 4K video, and the opportunity to install the Google Chrome extension.
According to Global statistics statecounter, Neither Edge nor IE are pulling up when it comes to market share. Chrome continues to dominate all platforms, accounting for around 66% of web traffic overall. Apple’s Safari was next with 18%, with Edge only picking up more than 3% of its traffic. As of April this year, all-platform figures saw less than 1% traffic to the IE account.
So, if Internet Explorer goes next year, will anyone be around to see it?