After more than 25 years, Microsoft will eventually retire Internet Explorer.
The software behemoth revealed that the latest edition of Internet Explorer would no longer be supported on user versions of Windows 10 beginning June 15, 2022.
Instead, Microsoft stated that it would turn its attention to the web browser Edge, released in 2015.
“We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge,” said Sean Lyndersay, a Microsoft Edge program manager.
“The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10.”
Internet Explorer was once a significant force in the early days of the internet. Still, it has steadily faded as other tech behemoths released web browsers such as Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari.
According to web analytics company Statcounter, Explorer had less than 2% of April’s global desktop browser market. In contrast, Google Chrome has a market share of 65 percent, led by Apple Safari, an 18 percent share.
It represents a steep decline for Explorer, the dominant browser for more than a decade following its introduction in 1995.
At its height in the late 1990s, Explorer’s dominance was key to the government’s antitrust crackdown on Microsoft.
According to a federal judge, Microsoft violated antitrust law by linking Explorer to its Windows operating system program. According to the judge, between 1995 and 1998, the practice effectively killed the usage of rival browser Netscape Navigator.
Microsoft reached a settlement with the Justice Department over the charges in 2001 but did not claim wrongdoing.
It was one of the first antitrust crackdowns in the technology industry in the United States.
However, for Explorer fans, Microsoft has confirmed that it will continue to have an “IE mode” within its Edge browser, allowing users to access sites and apps that have not migrated away from Explorer.