When was the last time you used "IE browser"?
In 1995, Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer, which became the first default browser for Windows systems.
In 2002, Internet Explorer 6.0 was released along with Windows XP SP1 and became the most widely used web browser at the time, with a utilization rate of 95%.
In 2012, Google Chrome, which was only four years old, had a global share of 33%, surpassing IE to rank first.
In 2015, Microsoft confirmed that it would abandon the IE brand and replace Internet Explorer with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.
Now that five years have passed, how long can the "IE browser" in our memory survive?
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We announce that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft Edge project manager Sean Lyndersay (Sean Lyndersay) said in Microsoft's official blog on May 19:
The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired on June 15, 2022 and support for certain versions of Windows 10 will cease.
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In fact, since the birth of Microsoft Edge, Microsoft has been trying to prevent people from using Internet Explorer.
In October 2015, Microsoft announced that it would stop providing technical support for multiple old versions of Internet Explorer in January 2016, and stated on the official website that Internet Explorer users must update their browser before in order to continue to receive updates and security patches .
Since then, Microsoft has also labeled Internet Explorer as a "compatibility solution" without recognizing that it is a browser. If necessary, users can use Internet Explorer mode on Microsoft Edge to browse websites. In fact, Microsoft Edge is the only browser with built-in compatibility for old Internet Explorer-based websites.
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From the official Microsoft blog, you can learn that one of the reasons why Microsoft has spent so much time and effort is for "better browser security." Most of the criticism of Internet Explorer has focused on its security architecture and the degree of support for open standards.
When users use Internet Explorer to browse malicious websites, their computers are likely to be maliciously installed or users are misled to install some spyware, adware, and computer viruses. This is called "pass-by download." Although it is normal for software to have vulnerabilities, it's just that Microsoft's cycle of fixing vulnerabilities is a little longer.
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For ordinary consumers, switching to a better Microsoft Edge is not a bad thing. You can synchronize Internet Explorer passwords, favorites, and other browser data with just a few mouse clicks.
If you are a business user, you can also greatly extend the life of old websites and applications. According to Microsoft, Microsoft Edge will support Internet Explorer mode at least until 2029.
As for Internet Explorer itself, although Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC will still provide support for Internet Explorer next year, all subsequent services for consumer versions will no longer be provided.
Perhaps it will eventually disappear into the operating system after waving a bit of paper on the scroll of history, just like Flash.
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