Microsoft’s Internet Explorer will be retired this week in favor of Edge

The former king of web browsing will retire on June 15, marking the end of an era.

Microsoft Corp announced last year that Internet Explorer would “retire” and end support on several versions of Windows 10.

Internet Explorer, launched in 1995, became the dominant browser for more than a decade as it was bundled with Microsoft’s Windows operating system preinstalled on billions of computers.

Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer for its Teams web app in 2020 and followed suit by ending access for Microsoft 365 services such as OneDrive, Outlook, and Word starting in August.

Microsoft launched Edge in 2015 to compete with more popular browsers like Google Chrome, which now dominates the market.

In 2021, the company said the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 lay in the faster and more secure Microsoft Edge.

Explorer still allows users to access websites and applications built on technology that is too old and outdated to be supported by modern browsers, but Edge had covered that with a built-in “Internet Explorer mode”, which made the older browser even in which was unnecessary in extreme cases.

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