Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s long-suffering and oft-maligned legacy internet browser is finally going the way of the dinosaur. The software giant has been warning that the browser would be discontinued for over a year now and they have been working diligently to promote their new(er) web vehicle, Microsoft Edge. After a sustained messaging campaign about the transition from IE to Edge (or other browser of your choice), an upcoming Windows update will finish the deed.
What’s The Timeline?
Starting in June of 2022, Microsoft will push Windows updates that will disable Internet Explorer and direct users toward Microsoft Edge. The Edge browser will sport a built-in support mode for legacy applications and websites that require Internet Explorer, “IE Mode.”
Who Still Uses IE?
The short answer is, mostly just people who have to. There are some businesses and governments which run old database programs and proprietary software (typically software that would cost a fortune to replace or upgrade) which requires Internet Explorer to work properly. It is hoped that the “IE Mode” in Edge will be sufficient to bring these systems into this decade, but if not, many software companies and web developers who have been procrastinating will be rushing to update their systems as soon as possible.
Internet Explorer has had a good run—the browser’s first iteration was released in 1995, making it the true grandaddy of existing browsers. Last year a study of browser usage found that around 5% of Windows users are still sticking with IE, for one reason or another. Well, Microsoft is about to give everyone a firm nudge into the future. If you have questions about your internet browser (or anything else regarding computers and software) give us a call at Mankato Computer Technology.