It will be almost 27 years since Internet Explorer was initially launched on August 24, 1995 that Microsoft ends support for it on multiple Windows versions on Wednesday, June 15.
Internet Explorer’s desktop application will be retired as soon as it has reached its end of life. In place of IE11, users will be automatically directed to Microsoft’s new Edge browser, which runs on Chromium.
As long as IE Mode is supported in the Edge browser through 2029 or later, you will not be excluded from using the Edge if compatibility with an older web engine is all that is needed. There will be no subtlety involved in Microsoft’s push toward its newest browser. Over the next few months, Microsoft will “gradually” redirect users from IE to Edge, and eventually disable the old software via a Windows update.
Edge’s IE Mode will continue to receive support until 2029 or later if you require compatibility with the older web engine. The IE Mode will also introduce the web to many people who had never previously used early browsers such as Netscape Navigator. It played a key role in popularizing the internet, and for many became synonymous with the internet. By 2003, it held 95 percent of usage share, and was not overtaken until 2019.
Furthermore, Internet Explorer was also closely associated with some of Microsoft’s worst practices. In addition to benefiting newcomers to the Internet, Windows bundled IE with it, which effectively stifled competition. Microsoft was accused of abusing Internet Explorer restrictions to maintain Windows’ market dominance in the US’ 2001 antitrust case against Microsoft.
In addition to its reputation for poor security, IE developed a reputation for its non-standard rendering and its use of ActiveX controls, which forced many website designers to optimize their sites for IE. optimize for the browser. It took Microsoft some time to address some of IE’s most glaring shortcomings, and this helped other browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox gain prominence – there is a reason why Edge is based on Chromium rather than Microsoft’s own technology.