Why Microsoft wants you to stop using this browser now
If you’re one of the thousands of nostalgic users of the dying Internet Explorer browser, well, the company running it is asking you to indulge stop using it now. Microsoft recently announced that the phase-out of its legacy browser will end on schedule, June 15, 2022.
Microsoft announced in August 2020 plans to retire Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 devices. The company replaced the software with Microsoft Edge. Microsoft retired support for Internet Explorer 11 on Microsoft 365 systems in August 2021.
Users can still use the browser, but will find the experience woefully unsatisfactory. For example, Google Search dropped browser support in October last year, meaning users can search using its own internal Bing search.
In a recent statement, Microsoft reminded users that the The June 15 deadline for the retirement of Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 will be enforced.
As previously announced, the future of Internet Explorer on Windows is in Microsoft Edge. The Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop app will be retired on June 15, 2022 for some versions of Windows 10. This means that the IE11 desktop app will no longer be supported and will then be redirected to Microsoft Edge if a user attempts to access this.
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Step into your future
For users who might find it hard to say goodbye to the browser of yore, the company assured that such people can always use Internet Explorer mode (IE mode) in Microsoft Edge for the moment.
The new browser maintains its winning streak in the global browser market, with recent numbers placing it set to surpass Apple’s Safari offering. The latest figures from StatCounter show that Microsoft Edge is now used on 9.54% of desktop computers worldwide, compared to Apple’s Safari which is used on 9.84% of computers.
However, the two are far from catching up market leader Google at 65.38%.