After more than 25 years, Microsoft has made a major decision of terminating Internet Explorer. Over the years, Explorer has observed a decline in its usage and is finally retiring. About the announcement, Microsoft Edge program manager, Sen Lyndersay said, “We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge.”
According to Microsoft, the Internet Explorer 11 desktop app will go out of support on June 15, 2022. Explorer will only remain a part of the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) of Windows 10, but will no longer be supported by other consumer versions.
Microsoft Edge will now serve as an alternative for Explorer with its IE Mode that the company released few years ago. The IE Mode supports older ActiveX controls and legacy sites, which are still used by many businesses. Microsoft says that it will continue to support the IE Mode in Edge until through 2029 at least.
Microsoft has been slowly cutting off support for Explorer. The Microsoft Teams web app ended support for Explorer last year. Starting later this year, Explorer will not be accessing Microsoft 365 services, like like Office 365, OneDrive, Outlook, and others.
The downturn of Explorer began more than 5 years ago with the launch of Edge that took over Explorer. Microsoft even termed Explorer as a mere “compatibility solution” rather than a browser and started encouraging people and businesses to discontinue using Explorer in favor of Edge.