Microsoft Is Officially Retiring Internet Explorer After 25 Years

It's officially retiring in 2022.
by The Candy Staff   |  May 21, 2021
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If you've been around the Internet long enough, you'll be familiar with the once-popular web browser Internet Explorer. Unfortunately, Microsoft announced on May 19 that they are officially retiring IE.

By June 15, 2022, the desktop application of the web browser will no longer be supported for certain versions of Windows 10. Taking its place, however, is the newer and faster Microsoft Edge. Even though IE will be retiring, Edge will be built in with the Internet Explorer mode (IE mode) so users can still access "legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications" using the app.

Additionally, Microsoft introduces new features on Edge that are not seen on Internet Explorer, one of which is the use of Sleeping tabs which help free up system resources for the browser. Edge also has better browser security which protects users against phishing attacks and malware. Microsoft even claims that it is better at protection compared to Chrome on Windows 10. 

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According to Microsoft, they have been gradually reducing reliance on Internet Explorer over the past year, which includes the end of Internet Explorer support by Microsoft 365 apps and services.

In April this year, Microsoft also retired Calibri as the default font of its products after 14 years.

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