Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer after 27 years of service

The browser’s popularity peaked in 2003, with 95% of the population using it. In the years that followed, however, as other competitors developed new browsers, their user base shrank.

Microsoft has decided to end support for the venerable Internet Explorer browser. The initial version of the web browser was released in 1995 as part of the Plus! Add-on package for Windows 95.

Later versions of Windows 95 and Windows were available as free downloads or in-service packs, and were included in OEM service releases.

The browser’s popularity peaked in 2003, according to the studies, with a 95 percent usage share. In the years that followed, however, as other competitors developed new browsers, their user base shrank.

The development of new features for Internet Explorer was discontinued in 2016 in favour of Microsoft Edge, a new browser. This was the first time Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer would be phased out over time.

Microsoft 365 will cease to support Internet Explorer on August 17, 2021, while Microsoft Teams will cease to support it on November 30, 2020. According to reports, Internet Explorer will be phased out on June 15, 2022.

‘The future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 lies in Microsoft Edge,’ according to Sean Lyndersay, Microsoft Edge programme manager.

“Not only is Microsoft Edge a quicker, safer, and more contemporary browsing experience than Internet Explorer,” he said, “but it also addresses a crucial concern, compatibility with older, legacy websites and applications.”

“Internet Explorer mode (‘IE mode’) is incorporated into Microsoft Edge, allowing you to view older Internet Explorer-based websites and applications directly from Microsoft Edge. Because Microsoft Edge can handle this and other tasks, Internet Explorer 11 will be decommissioned, and support will end on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10,” he continued.

Anyone who used computers at home, in schools, or in offices throughout the 1990s and early 2000s would remember Internet Explorer fondly. For millions of individuals all across the world, the browser was the first gateway to the internet.

It was also the sole way to use the popular browsers that we all know today.