Iconic browser, Internet Explorer will no longer be available for users, after 27 years since its launch.
Tech giant, Microsoft, on Wednesday, discontinued the once-dominant free browser that allows users to view web pages on the internet.
“After 25+ years of helping people use and experience the web, Internet Explorer (IE) is officially retired and out of support as of today, June 15, 2022. To many millions of you, thank you for using Internet Explorer as your gateway to the internet,” Microsoft said in a blog post.
“Over the next few months, opening Internet Explorer will progressively redirect users to our new modern browser, Microsoft Edge with IE mode. Users will still see the Internet Explorer icon on their devices (such as on the taskbar or in the start menu) but if they click to open Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge will open instead with easy access to IE mode. Eventually, Internet Explorer will be disabled permanently as part of a future Windows update, at which point the Internet Explorer icons on users’ devices will be removed.”
This development didn’t come as a surprise. A year ago, the company said that it was putting an end to Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022, pushing users to its Edge browser, which was launched in 2015.
Microsoft released the first version of Internet Explorer in 1995 as an add-on to the Windows 95 operating system. It sound became a part of a part of the package with the later versions of Windows.
In 2015, the company launched Microsoft Edge as a default browser in Windows, as replacement for Internet Explorer.