Internet Explorer is no more as the web browser retires at 26

His spirit will live on in Microsoft Edge. Image credit: Lucian Milasan

All good things come to an end, and so do averages. Internet Explorer, the search engine infamous for being a bit slow and buggy, is handing over browsing slack to Microsoft Edge as it retires at 26.

“Over the past year, you may have noticed our discontinuation of support for Internet Explorer (“IE”), such as the announcement of the end of support for IE by services in Microsoft 365 line,” Microsoft Edge Enterprise general manager Sean Lyndersay said in a statement.

“Today we are on the next step in this journey: we are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge.”

Internet Explorer entered browser doomsday in 2021 when it was announced that fewer Microsoft 365 apps and services would support Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft Edge’s superior performance meant it would take over its clumsy predecessor.

Old legacy websites and apps, however, need not be feared. They will still work on the new platform, as the spirit of Internet Explorer lives on in an “IE mode” built into Microsoft Edge.

“With Microsoft Edge capable of [accessing legacy sites] and more, the Internet Explorer 11 desktop app will be retired and unsupported on June 15, 2022 for certain versions of Windows 10,” Lyndersay concluded.

RIP, Internet Explorer. The little e that once loomed large in our search history has finally found Bliss.

[H/T: NPR]

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