Microsoft Officially Shuts Down Internet Explorer
Microsoft will end support for Internet Explorer on June 15th. The move comes after decades of declining popularity for the browser.
It is the end of an era. Microsoft will officially shut down the Internet Explorer web browser on June 15th. The news was announced over a year ago, as Microsoft has phased out IE over the last six years, replacing it with the newer Edge.
Tomorrow, Microsoft ends support for Internet Explorer 11 pic.twitter.com/c7SCG8qDyc
— Eddy Vinck (@EddyVinckk) June 14, 2022
Starting June 15th, all users of Internet Explorer will be prompted to use Microsoft Edge.
The History of Internet Explorer
Released by Microsoft in August 1995, IE was one of the first widely available web browsers. It was included for free on all Windows updates until updates stopped in 2016 in favor of Edge. Microsoft bundling Internet Explorer with all of its software contributed to its once-thought insurmountable market share.
At its peak in 2003, Internet Explorer comprised 95% of Internet web browser usage.
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As of 2022, only .38% of all web traffic comes from IE.
Internet Explorer is a browser included in Windows since Windows 95 (1995). Initially based on Spyglass’s Mosaic, by 2003 it boasted a 95% browser market share. Later, with new competitors such as Chrome, its usage declined. The final version, 11, ends support on 15th June 2022. pic.twitter.com/bDXwSohqwH
— Windows On Windows (@wowstartsnow) June 14, 2022
Over time IE was overtaken by Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft’s favored Edge. Internet Explorer was plagued with problems and lost out to newer, flashier search engines that operated faster, with more security, and didn’t crash as often as IE.
There are specific legacy programs, including Microsoft’s Server OS will still work within IE until 2029.
Need To Update To Edge?
Update to Microsoft’s up-to-date Edge browser at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge.
The Internet Pays Tribute
Here are some of our favorite tweets paying tribute to Internet Explorer.
Since today is the final day of Internet Explorer, please share some of the best MEME’s you can find on it here. I shall start… pic.twitter.com/46Pvlip0S6
— Daniel (HaircutFish) (@Haircutfish85) June 14, 2022
Goodbyes are never easy.
After 27 years, Microsoft will officially be shutting down Internet Explorer starting Wednesday of this week. pic.twitter.com/A8XMKIKQg1
— Morning Brew ☕️ (@MorningBrew) June 13, 2022
On June 15, Internet Explorer will be phased out! When was the last time you put it to use? pic.twitter.com/gbuvmbbOrM
— Wesley Sinde (@SindeWesley) June 14, 2022
After 27 years of service, Microsoft is going to ShutDown Internet Explorer on June 15th. pic.twitter.com/9CKdsiPT8k
— Prasadtechintelugu (@iamprasadtech) June 14, 2022
Internet Explorer pic.twitter.com/XyLf4NMzWY
— RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) June 12, 2022
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