Microsoft Shuts Internet Explorer Down Forever

Published on February 15, 2023

On Valentine’s Day, Microsoft revealed some sad news for Internet Explorer devotees: the program is no longer going to be around.

Microsoft declared on Tuesday that it will no longer provide support for the desktop version of Internet Explorer on certain versions of Windows 10, and has instead substituted it with its recently released browser, Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft has announced that any consumer and commercial devices that were not already routed away from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge will be impacted. When a user attempts to use Explorer, they will be sent to Edge instead.

Microsoft first introduced the web browser in 1995, which was one of the initial and most well-known browsers on the web. Over the years, 11 versions of Explorer were constructed and the final one came out in 2013.

Internet Explorer has become an icon of the internet over the course of the past 28 years. Image: monticello/Shutterstock

In 2015, Microsoft Edge was released as the replacement for Microsoft Explorer, however, until this week, the two browsers had continued to exist simultaneously on devices.

Last June, Microsoft declared the discontinuation of its Explorer browser, and on Tuesday, it finally ceased functioning for users.

By June, the visual elements and icons associated with Internet Explorer 11 in the start menu and task bar will have been eliminated.

Microsoft has announced that its new web browser, Microsoft Edge, is faster, more secure, and up-to-date with modern technology, allowing it to open websites that are no longer compatible with Internet Explorer. Additionally, Edge is still able to access any sites that are reliant on the older browser.

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