Internet Explorer has long been at the receiving end of criticism from the tech community due to issues with speed and user experience.
Now, after 25 years and many years of negative feedback, Microsoft is finally going to kill off the browser. In a blog post, the company announced that IE will be finished on 17 August 2021 and that Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support Internet Explorer from 30 November 2020. The other Microsoft services and apps will continue to support the browser till next year.
The browser will be replaced by Microsoft Edge, based on Chromium open-source software, which has been developed by Google for Google Chrome. The previous version of Edge, which was introduced in 2015, will be phased out by 9 March 2021. Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 were discontinued in 2016.
The new Microsoft Edge has the latest in Microsoft enterprise capabilities and most Windows 10 users have already upgraded to it since its launch in January. It has several features which are different from Google Chrome. For example, it turns on tracking protection by default, which blocks both ads and nearly all third-party tracking codes.
Commenting on these changes, Microsoft highlighted in its recent blog post, “At a time when IT professionals are being asked to do more with less on an unprecedented level, we want to make it simple for our customers to balance productivity, security, privacy, and cost.”
Several websites and applications are still using Internet Explorer but Microsoft is trying to avoid a situation where users have two active browsers running at the same time. According to the company, Microsoft Edge’s Internet Explorer Legacy mode means that users can use one browser to “seamlessly experience the best of the modern web in one tab while accessing a business-critical legacy IE 11 app in another tab.”