After nearly 27 years of existence, Internet Explorer will be officially discontinued this Wednesday (15). As of this date, the latest version of the browser, IE 11, will no longer be supported on Windows 10. When clicking on the browser shortcut, users will be directed to Microsoft Edge, the current Windows 11 default browser that uses the same engine as Google Chrome. It’s worth remembering that Microsoft announced the end of the browser last May. However, Office 365 online applications have stopped working in Internet Explorer until then.
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The company’s main reason for ending Internet Explorer was to provide Edge with a better user experience and provide a platform that is compatible with modern websites and applications. This includes browsing security, as browsers introduced in 2015 offer greater protection against phishing and malware attacks.
Internet Explorer will lose support for Windows 10 starting Wednesday the 15th — Photo: TechTudo
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According to the company itself, Microsoft Edge is also faster at fixing bugs. Windows 11 browsers deliver security patches within days or even hours, while Internet Explorer 11 delivers monthly updates.
For IE compatibility, Edge brings Internet Explorer mode, which supports older browser-based sites and applications, such as ActiveX controls. To activate it, just enter the Microsoft Edge settings, click Default Browser, and in the Allow websites to load in Internet Explorer mode field, select Allow.
Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge — Photo: Reproduction/Raquel Freire
However, browser discontinuities do not occur on all versions of Windows at the same time. For now, those affected will be Windows 10 end users who use the operating system on their home devices. Starting Wednesday (15), these people will be redirected to Microsoft Edge when they click on Internet Explorer shortcuts.
Continue to support Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Server. Other than that, Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC and Enterprise IoT LTSC editions will not be affected. However, most systems will lose Internet Explorer by 2023 — and in some versions, the browser will run until 2029. The current IE 11 download page only allows you to download the program on Windows 7.
Internet Explorer was released on the equally historic Windows 95 in August 1995. In a short period of time, IE became the world’s leading browser. From 2002 to 2003 — less than 10 years after it appeared — the browser was used by 95% of all computers on the market.
Hegemony lasted for years. In 2010, the tool remained the most used tool in the world with a market share of 59.9%. The second and third places are Firefox and Chrome, with 24.5% and 6.7%, respectively.
But starting in 2011, the decline has been dizzying. The entry of Safari and the integration of Chrome, which has grown a lot with the popularity of mobile phones, has helped in the process.
information from Microsoft (1, two, 3), BBC
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