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An announcement on Microsoft’s website in May of last year said that Internet Explorer would be rendered unusable on specific versions of Windows 10 beginning June 15, 2022. It recommended that customers use Microsoft Edge, claiming it “supports both legacy and new websites and apps.”

The IE desktop app will be decommissioned on June 15, and users will be moved to Microsoft Edge. If this is news to you, don’t worry: Microsoft has a FAQ section outlining how they guide Internet Explorer users through the switch. The business appears to be promoting its cross-platform browser Edge, with everything from instructions to video tutorials.

Internet Explorer debuted in 1995 as a Windows 95 add-on package. Later, the business began including the browser in the package for free. The browser reached a peak of 95% usage in 2003, but it could not sustain this position, and its user base began to fall drastically.

Many new competitors entered the browser market, promising improved user interfaces, quicker internet speeds, and smoother performance. The browser appears to have been unable to compete, and it has steadily degraded into little more than a default browser used to install alternative browsers. Microsoft stopped developing new browser features in 2016, which could be the first time the company decided to retire it.

According to Mashable, Sean Lyndersay, the Microsoft Edge program manager, “the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 resides in Microsoft Edge.” “Microsoft Edge has Internet Explorer mode (“IE mode”) built-in so that you can browse those legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications straight from Microsoft Edge,” writes Lyndersay in a Microsoft blog post from May 2021.

“Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, safer, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer,” he continued, “but it also addresses a critical concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications.”

According to the company’s blog post, the Edge browser can also be found. “The good news is that it (Edge) is certainly already installed on your device. Use the Windows 10 search box to hunt for ‘Microsoft Edge,’ or look for the icon on your desktop. You may easily download it here if you don’t already have it.” “It’s easy to pull over your passwords, favorites, and other browsing data from Internet Explorer in a few clicks” if a user switches to Edge, according to the company.

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