The end of an era: Microsoft announces its plans to retire Internet Explorer in 2022.
Microsoft has announced that after 25 years, the web browser Internet Explorer will be retired on June 15th 2022. Internet Explorer was launched in 1995 and remained the go-to web browser on Windows PCs for years through the late nineties through to the early naughties until challengers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox took over the market. The platform has been gradually replaced by Microsoft Edge, which first launched in 2015.
“We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge,” Sean Lyndersay, a Microsoft Edge program manager, said in a blog post on Wednesday. “The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10.”
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“With Microsoft Edge, we provide a path to the web’s future while still respecting the web’s past,” Lyndersay continued. “Change was necessary, but we didn’t want to leave reliable, still-functioning websites and applications behind. We’re here to help you transition to the more comprehensive browsing experience of Microsoft Edge and tell you a bit more about why we think it will address your needs, both at home and at work.”
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