Microsoft has officially ended support for Internet Explorer (IE) as of June 15, 2022 after nearly 27-years, and IE 11 will be the last major version ever released. The company encourages users to move to Microsoft Edge, which provides support for legacy and modern websites and apps.
Internet Explorer was the most widely used web browser at one time, attaining a peak of about 95% usage share in 2003. Since then, its usage share has declined with the launch of Firefox (2004), Google Chrome (2008), Opera (1995), and others, with the growing popularity of mobile operating systems such as Android and iOS offering no support Internet Explorer. Estimates for Internet Explorer’s market share in 2022 are a mere 0.38% across all platforms. Currently, on traditional PCs, Internet Explorer is ranked 6th at 0.97% market share, after Opera. Fortunately, Windows 95 is still available on Mac and Linux, thanks to Electron.
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Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge enables backward compatibility and will be supported through at least 2029. Additionally, Microsoft will provide notice one year prior to the retirement of IE mode,” said the company.