Internet Explorer end of life is finally here as Microsoft is nailing the coffin of the web browser after 27 years of ‘unmeritorious service’. “Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10,” Microsoft had said in a blog post.
Internet Explorer End Of Life Only Became A Reality Today
You might have been thinking Internet Explorer is a relic of the past—mainly because no one uses it—but the internet browser dinosaur only met its end of life today, when Microsoft announced Internet Explorer end of life has finally come and that the browser will be officially retired next tomorrow June 15th, 2022. May the worst browser, internet explorer finally rest in peace.
“Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10,” Microsoft had said in a blog post.
Microsoft’s seminal web browser, internet explorer end of life is finally here as the unmeritorious browser will be shut down tomorrow bringing an end to 27 years of life.
Long since replaced by Microsoft’s Edge browser, Internet Explorer initially debuted all the way back in 1995 as the built-in browser for Windows 95.
The last time the OG browser received an update was back in 2013 when Microsoft rolled out Internet Explorer 11.
While Microsoft has slowly been ending support for Intenet Explorer on various platforms, tomorrow – June 15 – is when the desktop application will be completely disabled.
It will affect IE 11 on specific versions of Windows 10 client SKUs (version 20H2 and later) and Windows 10 IoT (version 20H2 and later). Of course, IE isn’t available on Windows 11 because Microsoft Edge is the default browser.
‘The Internet Explorer (IE) 11 desktop application will end support for Windows 10 semi-annual channel starting June 15, 2022,’ Microsoft says on the IE11 lifecycle page.
Despite the fact most users long since abandoned IE for Chrome, Safari, Edge or Firefox, the news of Internet Explorer’s end was greeted with a few good-natured tweets.
After 27 years of service, Microsoft is going to retire Internet Explorer for good on June 15th. pic.twitter.com/rIpcHFWoU3
— Product Hunt 😸 (@ProductHunt) June 12, 2022
The company positioned its newer browser—Microsoft Edge, which debuted in 2015—as a replacement for Internet Explorer according to a blog post by Sean Lyndersay, the company’s program manager for Edge.
“We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge,” Lyndersay wrote. “Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications.”
Debuting in 1995 as part of Windows 95, Internet Explorer initially took Netscape Navigator’s place and hit its peak in 2002, staying afloat for an impressive 26 years—well over a decade after its good fortune began to sour. That said, as CNN highlighted, “most Windows 10 PC owners probably never noticed that IE is installed on their computers.”
Last August, even Microsoft hinted that it was aware of Internet Explorer’s shortcomings.