Goodbye to Internet Explorer: it will have no more updates in 2022
As of June 15 of next year, there will be no more technical support for the browser. Microsoft bets strongly on the Edge browser that comes by default in Windows.
Internet Explorer, the browser that Microsoft launched more than 25 years ago, will cease to exist next year, precisely on June 15, 2022. The company's bet is to grow Edge; its other browser launched six years ago.
"The future of Internet Explorer in Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge", they pointed out from the computer giant, founded by Bill Gates, on his blog. Edge is "faster, more secure, and offers a more modern browsing experience," acknowledged the company. It is also compatible with older websites and applications.
As of June 15, 2022, there will be no more technical support for Internet Explorer. However, sites designed for the old browser will run on Edge until 2029, Microsoft said. This is important since many organizations "have a surprisingly large number of websites" based on old technology, they explained.
Internet Explorer 11, the latest browser update, released in 2013, has been discontinued Microsoft work-sharing app, Teams, since last year. Likewise, it will no longer support all applications and services of the Microsoft 365 ecosystem as of August 17, 2021.
This means that browser users, although they will be able to continue using it, will have a reduced experience or will not be able to connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services, as the company said in a statement.
The distribution of users in internet browsers
Chrome, Google's browser, is the most used in the world today. About 65% of the global internet market uses it, according to data from Statcounter. Safari (from Apple) ranks second at 19% (April 2021 data). On the other hand, Firefox (from Mozilla Foundation) and Edge are in the third and fourth positions respectively with 3.59% and 3.39%.
According to a StatCounter report, Edge is the second most used browser, after Chrome, within the Windows ecosystem. To deliver these results, the study has relied on the desktop versions of the browsers.
But within the cross-platform browser adoption category, Edge ranks fourth, after Firefox. The podium is always for Chrome and second, Safari. In this case, Google's browser is pre-installed on Android and Safari, iOS and iPadOS, and that's why it gets those results for cell phones and tablets.
History of a browser from the first internet
The Internet Explorer project began in 1994, and by the end of that year, Microsoft licensed the product (from Mosaic, a commercial browser from the early internet). The first version, called Microsoft Internet Explorer, was released for Windows 95 in 1995.
In two years, the company released several updates, and at the end of 1997, it released Internet Explorer 4.0. Its success sparked a war with the Netscape browser, its main competitor. The browser was a success between 1998 and 2011 because it came in the Windows combo, but it led the company to a historic monopoly trial precisely.
In 1989, the US Federal Trade Commission launched investigations to determine the legality of Microsoft's success. But nothing happened. Instead, in 1994, the Department of Justice investigated the company since, at that time, any computer manufacturer had to pay for MS-DOS licenses even if they did not include this operating system on their machine.
Thus, Microsoft's dominant position in the software market, and Windows in home computers, forced manufacturers to sign abusive contracts. In 1998, the company was again denounced for abuse of power for its dominant position with Internet Explorer. To use competing browsers, you had to download and install them, and in the case of Microsoft's browser, it was established by default.