Microsoft Plans To Retire Internet Explorer After 25 Years Of Operation

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After 25 years of operation, Microsoft announced it will no longer fully support Internet Explorer starting next year.

Microsoft will be retiring the web browser on June 15, 2022, according to a Wednesday announcement. It will transition to Microsoft Edge in order to have “a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience.”

Microsoft Edge will still support apps and websites that relied on Internet Explorer until at least 2029, according to the announcement.

The announcement recommended switching programs before the looming deadline. “It’s easy to bring over your passwords, favorites and other browsing data from Internet Explorer in a few clicks,”  according to their post.

Microsoft said it was making the change as a step towards the modern era. It also said productivity will be improved with the use of new tab and profile functions and that security will be enhanced.

Microsoft Edge will use Microsoft Defender SmartScreen to protect against malware and phishing attacks.  (RELATED: Google Site Domain Expires, Purchased By Argentinian For $3)

Microsoft 365 apps and services will also stop supporting Internet Explorer 11 on August 17, 2021, according to an August 2020 Microsoft press release.