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Microsoft Browser finally retired in June 2022

Have you wondered why internet explorer is not working? For the coming several months, Microsoft users who will click the popular IE icon will be rerouted to Microsoft Edge IE mode. The IE model permits users to gain access to older, Internet Explorer-based sites and applications from Edge.

Once the most popular web browser, Internet Explorer usage had been on a decline for nearly 20 years.

Why is Microsoft retiring Internet Explorer?

On May 19, 2021, Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer will be no longer supported on June 15, 2022, and as part of the transition, IE mode will be available on the new Microsoft Edge which allows the launch of older ActiveX controls and legacy websites until at least 2029.

” The web has actually evolved therefore and the internet browsers have not been left behind. The General Manager, Microsoft Edge Enterprise,  Sean Lyndersay, said in the article Wednesday.

Why is Microsoft retiring Microsoft explorer?

In its announcement on May  19 2021, Microsoft said Internet Explorer is no longer practical, it is slow,  is far less secure than modern browsers and not compatible with lots of modern browsers.IE soon became understood for its bugs, security concerns and sluggish tech. Incremental improvements to Internet Explorer could not match the basic enhancements to the web at large, so we started fresh.”

The market share in the internet browser market fell to below the 50% threshold in 2010.”  In the first 4 months of 2022, the internet browser sat at about 1.8%, according to internet browser use tracker NetMarketShare. This is down from 95% market share in the year 2003. Currently, Google’s Chrome is the internet browser leader, commanding 73% of the market.


Can you still use Internet Explorer after it retires?

Users will still see the Internet Explorer icon on their devices (such as on the taskbar or in the Start menu). However,  if they click to open Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge will open instead with easy access to IE mode.

After debuting in the year 1995 embedded into Windows 95 and ended up being an instantaneous hit. The browser took pleasure in a virtual monopoly throughout the early 2000s.

It marks the last goodbye for a web browser that has actually been on the escape for many years. Web Explorer 11 is now incompatible with Microsoft products, as announced by Microsoft in an article.

Windows Update

Eventually, Microsoft intends on launching a Windows Update that will eliminate all IE icons from devices.

The relocation comes by a year after Microsoft initially announced its intent to phase out IE from items.

After almost 27 years, a renowned Microsoft product is lastly being put to rest.

IE soon became understood for its bugs, security concerns and sluggish tech, and market share in the internet browser market fell to below the 50% threshold in 2010.

For five years the browser has not had a new version, pressing clients to other, more up-to-date internet browser options.

IE’s retirement impacts all currently supported versions of Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise, Edu and IoT.


Why is Microsoft retiring Internet Explorer?

In a submission to an Australian competition regulator’s review of the web browser market, Microsoft said its decision to abandon Internet Explorer was largely due to the fact web developers were less likely to make their sites compatible with Internet Explorer.

Faith Waruguru
I am passionate about technology and what one can do with it. I have professional qualifications in Management of Information Systems, a degree in physics and a master's in geophysics. I am constantly looking for what is new.