Internet Explorer to retire on June 15, 2022, after 27 years of service
Microsoft will retire Internet Explorer (IE) web browser on June 15, 2022. Microsoft is ending its support for Internet Explorer, which was introduced 27 years ago on August 24, 1995. The tech giants announced last year in May that they would retire IE on June 15, 2022.
Internet Explorer will be replaced by Edge browser based on Chromium technology. Microsoft Corp. has been encouraging users to switch to the Edge browser for a “faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer.”
The retirement of IE affects Internet Explorer 11 desktop apps on some versions of Windows 10, while it will not be available on Windows 11.
However, IE will continue to work on Windows 7 ESU, Windows 8.1, and all versions of Windows 10 LTSC client, IoT, and Server after June 15, 2022.
Interestingly, the IE icon will remain in the Start Menu, but clicking on any will redirect to Microsoft Edge, designed to offer a friendlier interface.
“The Internet Explorer (IE) 11 desktop application will end support for Windows 10 semi-annual channel starting June 15, 2022,” Microsoft said.
“For supported operating systems, Internet Explorer 11 will continue receiving security updates and technical support for the lifecycle of the Windows version on which it is installed,” the company added.