Microsoft stops Internet Explorer browser and redirects users to Edge | Internet Explorer

Microsoft has announced it will kill its much-maligned legacy internet browser Internet Explorer nearly 27 years after it graced desktop computers in 1995.

Starting June 15, the desktop app will be disabled and users will be redirected to Microsoft’s Edge browser instead.

Internet Explorer was the gateway to the Internet for those born before Generation Z, in an era when Microsoft dominated the tech world, before Google, Facebook, and TikTok, and when the browser had to be installed on computers using a CD-ROM.

Microsoft’s market dominance came about through the bundling of the software as part of the Windows operating system. The experience was often slow, and when faster competition arrived with Mozilla’s Firefox and later Google Chrome, people jumped in droves.

While the market-dominant Chrome suffers from the same issues that plagued Internet Explorer, the shift from the need to support the legacy browser will be a relief for web developers.

I haven’t done webdev in a long time, but the last time I did it was a source of constant frustration that I had to support IE6 in a world where Firefox existed. The glory days of IE were 1998, dial-up, first experience with the internet, learning to hand-code HTML for fun…

— Cameron Patrick (@camjpatrick) June 15, 2022

In a submission to an Australian competition regulator’s assessment of the web browser market, Microsoft said its decision to abandon Internet Explorer was largely due to web developers being less likely to make their sites compatible with Internet Explorer.

The submission said that “after years of efforts to address incompatibilities that arose with various websites — including some of the most popular on the web,” the company finally decided to continue to differentiate itself from Chrome with a unique proprietary web platform “no longer.” made feeling”.

Chances are you haven’t used Internet Explorer in years, if ever. Microsoft has turned people away in favor of the Edge browser, which launched in 2015 and is built on Google’s open-source Chromium.

The company ended support for Internet Explorer in Teams in 2020 and announced plans to end support for Internet Explorer 11 in web browsers in Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 in August 2020.

If there is a remnant website that still needs Internet Explorer to open it, people using the Edge browser can run it in “IE mode”.

Despite Internet Explorer’s gradual demise, it still has strong brand recognition. A survey by Roy Morgan commissioned by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in September 2021 found that Chrome (95%), followed by Internet Explorer (85%), Firefox (81%), Apple Safari (80%) was the most well-known were browsers. ) and Rand (69%).

The same survey found that only 28% of people used Internet Explorer on their computers, compared to 81% who used Chrome, including 73% of Apple users. The main reason people gave for using Internet Explorer was that it was pre-installed on their computers and there was no reason to use any other browser.

While the bundled web browser in Windows may have been a benefit to Microsoft in the past, the company said people were aware of other options now, and on desktop PCs, Microsoft Edge only has a 9% market share.

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