Microsoft Corp announced that Internet Explorer will be retired on June 15, 2022, to make way for the newer Edge browser.
“Over the last year, you may have noticed our movement away from Internet Explorer (“IE”) support. Today, we are at the next stage of that journey: we are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge,” announced Microsoft Edge program manager Sean Lyndersay.
Microsoft already announced last year that Microsoft 365 apps suite would end support for Internet Explorer 11 on Aug. 17, 2021.
Internet Explorer was first introduced in 1995 and has managed to outlive its competitor Netscape before Google Chrome and other browsers entered the market in the late 2000s.
Microsoft has advised its customers to switch to Edge when it was introduced in 2015 but has failed to compete with newer competitors.
According to Statcounter, Google’s Chrome had a 65% share of the global browser market, Apple’s Safari had 19% and Firefox had 4%, while Microsoft’s Edge had 3% and Explorer had less than 1%,