Once the number one internet browser in the world, Microsoft is shutting down Internet Explorer after operating for more than 25 years. Effective June 15th, 2022, the browser will no longer be available with Microsoft focusing on the Edge browser, TheVerge reports.
“We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge,” , said Microsoft Edge’s Sean Lyndersay. “The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10.”
The announcement means Microsoft should also stop bundling Windows with Internet Explorer from next year June. Windows 10’s Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) will still have the browser next year but Microsoft will end support for it in all of its consumer versions.
Microsoft has been gradually cutting away Internet Explorer from its services. Last year, the company stopped support for Internet Explorer 11 for its Microsoft Teams web app. Later this year, Microsoft will also stop Internet Explorer from using its Microsoft 365 services which means it will no longer be accessible to Office 365, OneDrive, Outlook, and the rest.
First released for the Windows 10 and Xbox One in 2015, Microsoft Edge signalled Microsoft’s intention to phase out the Internet Explorer. There is still an IE mode in Edge which Microsoft has promised to support till 2029 at least.