Microsoft Kills Internet Explorer To Pave Way For Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft Internet Explorer is already outdated and the Redmond-based software giant has finally put an end to the race. Microsoft Internet Explorer was the most popular browser since the past 25 years. Microsoft has announced that the IE will retire on June 15, 2022, after the 25 years of the launch.

The Internet Explorer was part and parcel of several Windows operating platforms from Windows 95. With the introduction of Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, the usage of IE also called IE has significantly reduced. The rising popularity of Google Chrome is also a major reason for the retirement of IE.

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According to Sean Lyndersay, Program Manager, Microsoft Edge, the future of Internet Explorer is in Microsoft Edge. The IE 11 for Windows 10 desktop will not only be retired but also go out of support on June 15, 2022. The Redmond-based software giant has revealed that the Long term Servicing Channel of Windows 10 will continue to provide support for IE for the entire 2022. However, the consumer versions will end the support of the browser.

Going forward, we can expect Windows 10 to be shipped with Microsoft Edge and not outdated Internet Explorer. With sharp decline in the usage and security problems, we don’t think Microsoft will take the risk of integrating Internet Explorer anymore.

Microsoft Edge has already replaced IE and is built on the Chromium platform. Microsoft has created an IE mode for Edge browser to ensure smooth transition with extended support until June 2029. The IE mode support follows the lifecycle of Windows Client, Windows Server including IoT releases through 2029. The company will provide one year notice before the actual retirement date of the IE mode experience. Microsoft has already ended IE 11 support for Microsoft Teams in 2020. The company is currently planning to put the breaks on Microsoft 365 from accessing Internet Explorer 11.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at