Microsoft are retiring Internet Explorer on Windows 10 – Rock Paper Shotgun

They announced this week that they’re retiring Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 next June, rather pushing towards individuals to their more recent and much better internet browser, Edge. If you still use IE, Microsoft recommend you switch over to their brand-new web browser, Edge. Dear god, please let this push business to upgrade websites which require Internet Explorer to gain access to essential systems. Edge does have an Internet Explorer compatibility mode however I’ve found it didn’t work with every vital and despiteful website I’ve encountered. Web Explorer, the hateful thing, is the web browser that got Microsoft found guilty of illegal monopolisation.

It’s a huge week for 90s Windows nostalgia. Not just are the band from the Windows 95 CD-ROM reforming for the Summer Game Fest, Microsoft are lastly binning the browser you loved to hate. They announced this week that they’re retiring Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 next June, instead pushing towards individuals to their more recent and better browser, Edge. IE has successfully been dead for many years but it’s still excellent to see it go.

Microsoft announced today that “the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of assistance on June 15, 2022, for particular variations of Windows 10.” Some specific niche organization setups will keep it going but broadly yep, get in the bin.

If you still use IE, Microsoft recommend you change over to their new browser, Edge. I hear that’s in fact quite good these days? It’s essentially the guts of Chrome but without the Google. I believe I’m too invested in all Chrome’s Android tie-in behaviours to swap.

Dear god, please let this push companies to update websites which require Internet Explorer to access important systems. I’m frightened by how lots of federal governments and monetary services worldwide still do not operate in newer, better web browsers. Edge does have an Internet Explorer compatibility mode however I’ve discovered it didn’t deal with every essential and despiteful site I’ve come across. Microsoft commissioned a survey of business this year and found they used approximately 1678 web applications (either internal custom-built or propietary) which required Internet Explorer. Problem. However the entire point of that survey was to assist encourage companies to use Edge for its compatibility mode and ughhh.

Internet Explorer, the hateful thing, is the web browser that got Microsoft found guilty of illegal monopolisation. The US federal government accused Microsoft of abusing their monopoly and trying to muscle out rival browsers like Netscape Navigator (which wasn’t at first free!) by connecting Internet Explorer into Windows. At one point in the antitrust trial, the court ruled Microsoft must separate into several parts, though they dodged this on appeal. See this narrative history of the claim for more, it’s a fascinating one.

This all sent me down an Internet Archive hole of ancient Internet Explorer sites, and I’ve discovered some hot present concepts for the millenium.

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