Internet Explorer has been compatible with life since Microsoft first introduced its replacement browser, Edge, in 2015. (Probably, it has been using the vital support service for a long time, since Chrome became the de facto browser for anyone who knows what a web browser is is). But now it’s official: Internet Explorer is at the end of its life.
"The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be discontinued and will no longer be supported on June 15, 2022 for certain versions of Windows 10," Microsoft announced. in a blog post Wednesday. Microsoft cites Edge's improved compatibility with modern websites and old-school IE features, such as ActiveX, and much better Edge security, as major reasons for IE's withdrawal. Earlier versions of Internet Explorer were famous for their security vulnerabilities, and IE 11 still receives only monthly security updates, compared to much more common security patches for Edge and other modern browsers.
Progressive deletion begins before next year: On August 17, 2021, Microsoft 365 "and other applications" will end compatibility with IE11. Edge will continue to support "Internet Explorer-based applications and websites" until 2029.
It feels like a great moment, to see that Internet Explorer, once ubiquitous, finally joined Netscape in the browser cemetery, but it really comes out quietly. According to NetMarketshare data since last fall, Internet Explorer now accounts for only about 5% of all web traffic. I've seen other statistical trackers set it at less than 1%. That’s probably good, considering that Internet Explorer 11 was released in 2013 and hasn’t been substantially updated since.
2022 no technically is the end of IE for a select group of Windows users. Microsoft notes that the withdrawal does not apply to its long-term business services branch of Windows 10 or the Windows Server version. We'll have a retirement party for Internet Explorer next year, but we'll have to wait a little longer.