Internet Explorer has gotten a bad rap over the years compared to other browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. So much so that when Microsoft launched Windows 10, the company opted to rebrand their browser to Edge. So what does this mean for Internet Explorer moving forwards?
According to a recent announcement by Microsoft, it seems that they will be officially retiring the browser come June 15, 2022. It will also be when support for the browser will come to an end for certain versions of Windows 10, but interestingly enough, Microsoft will not be removing it from computers but will instead be disabling it.
So why not remove it completely if users aren’t able to use it? Technically while users won’t be able to use the browser itself, the Internet Explorer engine will instead be used to help power “IE Mode” within Edge which is used to access legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and apps should you ever require it.
We’re not sure how many people actually still use Internet Explorer, especially now that Edge has also undergone a revamp and is now powered by Chromium, making it a pretty good alternative to Chrome if you’re not a fan of Chrome’s memory usage but want to keep using its extensions.