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Microsoft finally buries Internet Explorer today

Today, Microsoft has stopped providing support for its once-dominant web browser. However, this is not surprising since the 27-year-old Internet Explorer has been in control of less than one percent of the browser market for a while and its replacement, namely Microsoft Edge, has been around for 7 years already.

Back in May, Microsoft Edge Enterprise General Manager Sean Lyndersay published a blog post in which he announced that "the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge" and that the desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022. While the retirement does not affect in-market Windows 10 LTSC or Server Internet Explorer 11 desktop applications and the MSHTML (Trident) engine, home users can now consider Microsoft's infamous web browser dead and buried.

According to the aforementioned post, there are three main reasons for retiring Internet Explorer and focusing on Microsoft Edge:

  • Improved compatibility - Microsoft Edge comes with a dual engine that supports both legacy and modern websites, including support for functionality like ActiveX controls.
  • Streamlined productivity - Microsoft Edge can easily handle dozens of tabs thanks to the Sleeping tabs feature, and it also sports Vertical tabs, Collections, different profiles, and more.
  • Better security - While Internet Explorer 11 received monthly security patches, Microsoft Edge gets patched against the latest threats in days, if not hours. According to Microsoft, Edge is more secure than Chrome for businesses on Windows 10.

Obviously, the application does not go anywhere, so those who want to take a trip down memory lane can do it anytime, or at least until Microsoft issues an update that removes Internet Explorer for good.

After 27 years, the time has finally arrived for Internet Explorer to be buried officially. While those who didn't like it more than two decades ago didn't have too many alternatives, today's offerings are quite interesting, with oldies like Opera or Firefox still around, but some underdogs are definitely worth checking out as well. In this category, Vivaldi and Brave Browser are two of the most flexible and powerful pieces of code. 

Will you miss Internet Explorer? What are your browsers of choice on desktop and mobile these days? The comments section is all yours, as usual.

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Codrut Nistor, 2022-06-15 (Update: 2022-06-15)