After 25 years, Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer next year, in favour of Microsoft Edge.
The aging browser will go out of support on June 15, 2022. As quoted by The Verge, a statement from Sean Lundersay, a Microsoft Edge program manager said, “We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge. The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10.”
In 1995, Microsoft first introduced the Internet Explorer on Windows. The web browser enjoyed a run of more than 25 years since then, but due to its slow evolution, it saw a gradual decline in its user, losing them to competitors like Google Chrome.
The company has even shared a timeline for this phase-out of the app. Microsoft will pull off Microsoft 365 and other apps and support for Internet Explorer 11 on August 17 this year. This was first indicated by the company in an announcement last year, as it pulled off Microsoft Teams support for IE 11 since then.
The removal of support for the desktop application of IE 11 will follow next year. Microsoft is expected to end the Internet Explorer bundled in Windows soon after.