Goodbye Internet Explorer: Microsoft retires him

Internet Explorer will definitively retire : Microsoft itself announces it on its blog, describing the next steps that will lead to the definitive withdrawal of the historical browser. On Windows 10 only Edge will remain, while the Explorer 11 application will cease to exist starting from June 15, 2022. Edge will still allow you to use the built-in "IE" mode, in order to access sites and applications that still rely on the old browser. After the announcement last August of the end of Explorer support , the next step is the actual withdrawal of the app .

Internet Explorer retires: the reasons for the retirement

In its post on the Windows Experience Blog, Microsoft analyzes the reasons for the retirement of the historical browser. One of the main reasons for the withdrawal is Edge's increased security against cyber attacks. The browser, as we read on the blog, offers protection against both malware and phishing attacks, working hand in hand with Defender SmartScreen. Additionally, with the Password Monitor feature, Edge is able to tell the user if their credentials have been compromised in any way, a skill that Explorer did not possess. It is also clear that, as support for IE has already started towards the end, any security patches would take months to be released.

The Internet Explorer timeline from now to June 2022. Source: Microsoft
The Internet Explorer timeline from now to June 2022. Source: Microsoft

Edge will continue to run with a dual engine can provide support for legacy applications that require Internet Explorer to be used. It is not at all rare, in fact, to find interfaces and sites that are still dependent on Explorer for proper functioning. Often, indeed, the old browser is the only one with which it is possible to access these applications. Edge's compatibility with old applications will eliminate the need to keep Internet Explorer , allowing Microsoft to dispose of it. Using a single browser for your activities ensures better productivity, also thanks to the new Edge features, such as Sleeping Tabs . The feature allows you to keep system performance and resources under control even with many browser tabs open, without slowing down navigation or other tasks.

Goodbye to the historical browser

On June 15, 2022, we will definitively say goodbye to the browser so much targeted by the web. Whether we like it or not, however, it is indisputable that Internet Explorer has made the history of the web . The first version came out in 1995, and slowly began to gain its space among users, competing with the more used Netscape Navigator, starting to give it a hard time. IE was the first browser to support CSS , ActiveX control, and Java applets. Up to version 7 the browser was also produced for Mac OS and Mac OS X.

The latest stable version is 11, which came out in 2013 and has now become the last of the family. Although Explorer has remained ahead of all other browsers for nearly two decades, in 2010 it was overtaken by Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera, ready to take their place on the market. Faced with fierce competition, and due to its security and speed issues, Explorer has become the star of many memes . To date, the browser has about 1% of the web market, and only (or still? ) 4.5% of users use it.

I have been using Internet Explorer over the years.
I have been using Internet Explorer over the years.

Microsoft will encourage the transition to the most modern browser by eliminating compatibility with various proprietary services as early as next August. These include in particular OneDrive, Outlook and Teams. Soon Edge will have to take charge of the Explorer legacy, carrying out the final tasks that were to him. So goodbye, Internet Explorer. Although he has been snubbed for years, his will truly be a historic farewell. And a doubt remains: who will we make fun of when he's gone?

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