Microsoft's Internet Explorer to retire after 27 years of service

Microsoft's Internet Explorer to retire after 27 years of service

On Wednesday, June 15, approximately 27 years after its inception on August 24, 1995, Microsoft will officially cease support for Internet Explorer on multiple Windows versions.

The Internet Explorer desktop application will be disabled after it has reached the end of its life cycle.

When users launch Internet Explorer 11, they will be immediately transferred to the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge.

Internet Explorer 11 desktop apps distributed via the Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) to devices running Windows 10 client

SKUs (version 20H2 and later) and Windows 10 IoT are affected by this discontinuation (version 20H2 and later).

Internet Explorer is also not accessible on Windows 11, which instead uses the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge as its default browser.

Windows 7 ESU, Windows 8.1, and all versions of Windows 10 LTSC client, IoT, and Server will all continue to support Internet Explorer after June 15, 2022.

On the IE11 lifespan website, Microsoft states, "The Internet Explorer (IE) 11 desktop program will discontinue support for Windows 10 semi-annual channel on June 15, 2022."

"Internet Explorer 11 for supported operating systems will continue to receive security updates and technical support throughout the lifecycle of the Windows version on which it is installed," Microsoft adds.

"Internet Explorer 11 for supported operating systems will continue to receive security updates and technical support throughout the lifecycle of the Windows version on which it is installed," Microsoft adds.