If you are one of the thousands of users who is nostalgia-bound to the dying Internet Explorer browser, well, the company that runs it is asking you to please stop using it now. Microsoft announced recently that the phasing out of its old browser will be completed on schedule, June 15, 2022.
Microsoft announced in August 2020 plans to retire Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 devices. The company has replaced the software with Microsoft Edge. Microsoft withdrew support for Internet Explorer 11 on Microsoft 365 systems in August 2021.
Users can still use the browser, but will find the experience to be woefully unsatisfactory. For instance, Google Search withdrew support for the browser in the October last year, meaning users could make searches using its own in-house Bing search.
In a recent statement, Microsoft has reminded users that the June 15 deadline for retiring Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 will be enforced.
As previously announced, the future of Internet Explorer on Windows is in Microsoft Edge. The Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application will be retired on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10. This means that the IE11 desktop application will no longer be supported and afterward will redirect to Microsoft Edge if a user tries to access it.
Edge into your future
For users who may find it difficult saying goodbye to the browser of yore, the company has assured that those people can still use Internet Explorer mode (IE mode) within Microsoft Edge for the time being.
The new browser is maintaining its winning streak in the global browser market, with recent figures placing it on the verge of surpassing Apple's Safari offering. Latest numbers from StatCounter show Microsoft Edge is now used on 9.54% of desktops worldwide, compared to Apple’s Safari which is being used on 9.84% of computers.
However, both are nowhere close to catching up to market leader Google at 65.38%.