Say Goodbye to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer

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The most hated product is finally meeting its end – Say goodbye to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer

The end is near for Microsofts most hated product. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced it will end support for Internet Explorer 11 on June 15, 2022.

In August 2020, Microsoft moved away from Internet Explorer with the rest of its products. Chat software, Teams stopped working with IE last fall. Additionally, by 2021 its 365 apps will no longer work with IE.

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Why Is Microsoft Getting Rid of Internet Explorer?

What was once the most famous web browser, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has been plummeting in popularity for decades. In 2012, its share of the browser market fell under the 50% threshold and currently sits at 5%. 

Google’s Chrome browser is a leader in the market, dominating with a 69% share of the market.

Microsoft said in a statement that Internet Explorer is slow, no longer practical for or compatible with many modern web tasks. Additionally, it is far less secure than modern browsers.

Despite these facts even from the mouth of Microsoft, IE has managed to stay present for 26 years! Most Windows 10 PC owners probably never noticed that Internet Explorer was even installed on their computers.

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What is Microsofts Current Web Browser?

Currently, Microsoft has Edge, which is a much more modern web browser. Edge is based on Google’s open source Chrome code and has gained much more popularity in recent years.

It is still undetermined if Microsoft will continue to install IE on Windows PCs once the company discontinues support. Although, it is likely due to the latest version the Edge browser being able to support apps built for IE.

Microsoft’s program manager for Edge, Sean Lyndersay said in a statement “Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications.”

Overall, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has outlived its usefulness and we can expect it to go the way of the dodo in the upcoming year.

How do you feel about saying goodbye to Internet Explorer? Will this affect you or are you already using Edge and/or Chrome?

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