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Microsoft's Final Goodbye To Internet Explorer


Microsoft has finally pulled the plug on its beloved Internet Explorer, leaving us to bid it a final goodbye. Windows 10 users have been saying goodbye to Internet Explorer for years, but the time has finally come for Microsoft to officially part ways.

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Microsoft Corp. is retiring Internet Explorer, one of the most recognizable and enduring online browsers, after almost three decades. The business is encouraging users of their devices and operating systems to adopt Microsoft Edge in its place.

On Wednesday, Microsoft discontinued providing support for the Internet Explorer web browser, signalling the impending demise of a 26-year-old brand with a history of antitrust litigation, security issues, and subpar performance. Users will be directed to Microsoft's more recent Edge browser in its place.

Microsoft doesn't directly profit from browsers, but Edge by default uses its Bing search engine, which brings in advertising money for the provider of computer software and hardware. With around $3 billion in revenue in the first quarter, that segment accounted for about 6% of all Microsoft sales.

Due to its increased focus on Edge, a browser that is accessible on mobile devices, Mac, and even Linux, rather than being limited to Windows, Microsoft won't provide technical support or security upgrades to consumers. In order to coexist with Internet Explorer as something innovative and effective that is also similar to what Windows users were used to, Microsoft released Edge as part of Windows 10 in 2015.

Yet, a tiny number of people still use Internet Explorer, in part because it is currently the sole option to access several business web applications. Even though it is being retired, it won't disappear just yet.

In June of last year, Microsoft formally ended support for Internet Explorer 11, sunsetting it in favour of Microsoft Edge. Nevertheless, with today's Microsoft Edge upgrade, you won't be able to start Internet Explorer 11 on the majority of Windows 10 client versions. There are a few exceptions, such as the Windows 10 China Government Edition and Microsoft's Long-Term Servicing Channel for Windows 10, but IE 11 is being phased out for the majority of users today.

But, the core technology that underpins the Trident engine, MSHTML, and Internet Explorer will continue to be supported. Although the MSHTML engine is no longer included in Windows 11, Microsoft has switched to using its Edge browser, which is powered by Chromium, as the default browser. Microsoft claims that it will continue to support IE mode in Edge through at least 2029. It powers IE mode in Microsoft Edge.

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