Like you, we had completely forgotten its existence. And yet, god knows how much we used it before Firefox, Chrome, Safari or even Edge burst into our daily lives. It must be said that in 2004, its different versions aggregated up to 95% market share! He is Internet Explorer, the flagship internet browser of Windows 95, released 22 years ago. A browser which was still supported by Microsoft, but which will bow out on June 15, 2022. Indeed, the company is ending support for the software and will no longer provide it with any updates, even security ones.
The announcement was made a little over a year ago, we had echoed it. The latest IE aficionados (are there really any left?) will therefore have had time to say goodbye to their favorite browser and embark on a new program to set sail to conquer the Internet. Note, Windows 11 is not affected since Internet Explorer is simply not offered there. Indeed, Microsoft has logically chosen to only offer Edge, its modern browser based on Chromium, on this operating system. It is activated as the default browser, which has the effect of boosting its popularity – even if Microsoft has already been beaten very hard on the knuckles for having once given the advantage to Internet Explorer in this way. .
Good news for those who use software or extensions only compatible with IE: Edge offers an Internet Explorer mode which will be supported at least until 2029. An emulation to ensure backward compatibility with computer systems from another age which, sometimes, are still used in business.