Microsoft Discontinues The Once Dominant Internet Explorer Browser

Microsoft Discontinues The Once Dominant Internet Explorer Browser

Introduction

Long live the new king. Microsoft has replaced its once dominant Internet Explorer browser with a new program called Edge, which the company announced on Wednesday. The move was expected, as the resurgent IE has been largely replaced by rival browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. "We can't just keep making it [IE] bigger and dumber and adding features," Microsoft's Chris Capossela said in January of last year. "We need to start over." The new Edge browser will be updated through Microsoft's “Windows Update” service, so users should never have to worry about manually installing the latest version. Edge is designed to run on Windows 10 and can work across devices, including PCs, tablets and smartphones. IE will still exist in the background as a legacy feature, as Edge can’t yet support some older apps that are integrated with IE. But, according to Microsoft, the company is working toward eventually taking away this compatibility feature.

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it was replacing its long-standing Internet Explorer (IE) browser with a new program called Edge.

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it was replacing its long-standing Internet Explorer (IE) browser with a new program called Edge.
 
The move was expected, as Microsoft's IE has been largely replaced by rival browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
 
In the past few years, many users have also migrated to mobile devices that run on Apple's iOS or Google's Android operating systems and no longer use Windows software. This means that even if they wanted to continue using IE, they could not do so without switching from their preferred device platform as well.

The move was expected, as Microsoft's IE has been largely replaced by rival browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

For some time now, Microsoft has been working on a new browser designed to replace Internet Explorer. The software giant announced its intention to abandon IE back in 2014, citing the need for a browser that was more secure and reliable than its predecessor.
 
At WWDC 2017, Apple announced that it would begin supporting Microsoft Edge on Macs running macOS High Sierra or later this year. Additionally, the company said that it will be bringing support for the new browser to iOS devices in 2018.

The new Edge browser will be updated through Microsoft's “Windows Update” service, so users should never have to worry about manually installing the latest version.

If you're running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10, then it's highly likely that you've used the operating system's built-in automatic update service. Known as "Windows Update," this free service automatically downloads and installs updates to your computer when they're available. It also scans for malware and viruses on a regular basis.
 
If you have a laptop or desktop PC at home, chances are good that this feature has kept your computer safe from malicious software over the years (though there is no guarantee). Even for home users, it's still important to keep up with all of these updates because they contain important security fixes—and if an attacker wants to gain access to your machine, they'll try all possible vulnerabilities first before moving on.

Edge is designed to run on Windows 10 and can work across devices, including PCs, tablets and smartphones.

Microsoft Edge is designed to run on Windows 10 and can work across devices, including PCs, tablets and smartphones. It's built for the modern Web and offers a faster, safer and better experience using Microsoft's new browser.
 
It’s also available in 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Windows 10 devices.


IE will still exist in the background as a legacy feature, as Edge can’t yet support some older apps that are integrated with IE. But, according to Microsoft, the company is working toward eventually taking away this compatibility feature.

  • Microsoft has already announced plans to discontinue the once dominant Internet Explorer browser in 2020.
  • The move comes as part of a larger effort by Microsoft to transition users from IE to its newer Edge browser, which launched in 2015 and has been steadily gaining market share over time.
  • In addition to moving users away from IE, the company is making changes within Windows 10 that allow developers and website owners more control over how their websites or apps are displayed within Edge.

The Internet Explorer browser has been discontinued but the legacy features will still exist for now.

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it was replacing its long-standing Internet Explorer (IE) browser with a new program called Edge.
 
The move was expected, as Microsoft's IE has been largely replaced by rival browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
 
IE users had been holding onto their browsers for years, but now the company is asking them to upgrade their software if they want to continue using it. For example, IE10 won't work with Windows 10's increased security measures or its new features like Cortana voice commands and Skype video calls.

Conclusion

Microsoft has officially announced that it's abandoning the once-dominant browser, Internet Explorer. The company says they're making the move because they can't keep up with fast-changing technology on their own. For example, Microsoft released Edge in 2015 to compete against Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox; but Edge was too slow and didn't have enough features to make much of a splash in the market.

That said, Microsoft is still investing heavily in its Edge browser, which is built into Windows 10 and runs on any device (including smartphones). That means we won't be seeing IE anymore—but Microsoft hasn't completely forgotten about it yet.

So what does this mean for you? Well, if you're still using IE today, there's no need to worry about switching off your favorite browser just yet: IE will remain available as a legacy feature for now. But over time, more apps that rely on older versions of Internet Explorer will become incompatible with newer versions of Windows so you'll eventually have no choice but to upgrade!

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