An era comes to an end as Microsoft starts phasing out Internet Explorer in order to bring in Microsoft Edge, a new internet platform. Internet Explorer as a web browser opened the gates for the web for most people during the initial days of the internet.

The 90s kids are pretty sad today because the journey of the most popular web browser of 1995 is coming to an end. Launched in 1995, Internet Explorer peaked in 2003 at 95% market share but by 2010 Safari, Chrome, and other platforms took over as a competition.

After 25 years, Microsoft is finally putting its flagship browser, Internet Explorer, to rest in order to focus on a newer browser called Microsoft Edge, which is not entirely an in-house product.

According to Microsoft blog post, Explorer will start phasing out on November 30th of 2020. At that time Microsoft Teams will be moving on, while the rest of the Microsoft 365 apps will continue running Explorer only until August 17th, 2021.

Microsoft Edge utilizes the open-source Chromium software, originally developed for Google Chrome. Another version of Edge has been around since 2015, but this has been given the terminal new name Edge Legacy and will be put to bed on March 9th.

“We understand the need to do more with less in the new business environment. By the dates listed above, customers should no longer access Microsoft 365 apps and services using IE 11, but we want to be clear that IE 11 isn’t going away and that our customers’ own legacy IE 11 apps and investments will continue to work. Customers have made business-critical investments in IE 11 legacy apps and we respect that those apps are still functioning,” reads Microsoft blog post.

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