It a final farewell to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer after more than 26 years of service, the tech giant says. The veteran web browser was released with Windows 95.
It will no longer appear on consumer versions of Windows 10 after June 2022, Microsoft wrote in a blog. The tech giant has been phasing out the old browser for several years – but in 2019 it had to issue an emergency patch for it, for security reasons.
Its replacement, Microsoft Edge, has an Internet Explorer compatibility mode, which will continue to function. Microsoft Edge programme manager Sean Lyndersay wrote that the newer browser was “a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience”, and was also now better able to handle older applications.
Some very old websites were built on older web technology; which modern browsers have trouble processing. Between 2000 and 2005, Internet Explorer enjoyed a 90% market share but Google Chrome has become the most used browser today.