After 27 years, Microsoft has finally bid farewell to the web browser Internet Explorer and will redirect Explorer users to the latest version of its Edge browser.
As of June 15, Microsoft ended support for Explorer on several versions of Windows 10 – meaning no more productivity, reliability or security updates. Explorer will remain a working browser, but will not be protected as new threats emerge.
Twenty-seven years is a long time in computing. Many would say this move was long overdue. Explorer has been long outperformed by its competitors, and years of poor user experiences have made it the butt of many internet jokes.
— Soonson Kwon (@ksoonson) June 15, 2022
How it began
Explorer was first introduced in 1995 by the Microsoft Corporation and came bundled with the Windows operating system.
To its credit, Explorer introduced many Windows users to the joys of the internet for the first time. After all, it was only in 1993 that Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the web, released the first public web browser (aptly called WorldWideWeb).
Providing Explorer as its default browser meant a large proportion of Windows’s global user base would not experience an alternative. But this…