Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is finally set to retire on June 15, 2022, 25 years after it began.
The old browser has been gradually phased out for several years, but in 2020, Microsoft announced that the web app for Microsoft Teams will stop working on Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) from 30 November and services included in Microsoft 365, will stop connecting to IE11 from 17 August 2021. It still allowed users to use Explorer with limited functions.
The tech giant in a blog says the veteran web browser that was released with Windows 95 will no longer appear on consumer versions of Windows and receive support services from the company either.
The “retirement does not affect in-market Windows 10 LTSC or Server Internet Explorer 11 desktop applications. It also does not affect the MSHTML (Trident) engine” the tech giant said .
Microsoft Edge programme manager Sean Lyndersay has encouraged users to shift to Microsoft Edge because it is “faster, more secure and has more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications.”
Between 2000 and 2005, Internet Explorer enjoyed a 90% market share but dropped steadily since the launch of Google Chrome in 2008. It has less than 1% market share today.