After more than 25 years of good and loyal service, Internet Explorer will retire in June 2022! Microsoft now recommends using Edge, which is much more powerful and better suited to modern surfing.
This time, it’s the end of Microsoft’s historic web browser, which launched in August 1995 and has come a long way since then. The publisher announced the end of support for IE11 on June 15, 2022, enough to leave a few months for the last users to make up for themselves, and find a successor.
Over 25 years in service!
Microsoft says, however, that the LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) version of Windows 10 will still include Internet Explorer next year. However, all consumer versions of the software will no longer be supported as of June 2022. And it is likely that Explorer will no longer be part of the pre-installed applications in future versions of the operating system.
Internet Explorer has monopolized internet browsing for many years, but for internet users this is often a default choice. Microsoft has done everything to force the use of its browser, before opening up under the constraint of regulators. Explorer’s star quickly faded among web developers, Microsoft either breaking standards or doing their own thing. Without forgetting the security vulnerabilities …
This end of life had been announced last summer, with the discontinuation of online software support for Office 365, OneDrive, and Outlook. The publisher now offers to switch to Edge, which has been completely transformed with the integration of Chromium, the engine at the heart of Chrome and other browsers.
Microsoft also recalls the existence of an Internet Explorer mode in Edge, which allows companies to test their applications and websites, including ActiveX controls. This mode will be supported until 2029, at least.