Internet Explorer was already dead, but now it’s even deader. For most users, a new Microsoft Edge update will disable the browser on their computer permanently.
According to The Verge, Microsoft officially sunsetted Internet Explorer 11 support in June 2022, making the chromium-powered Microsoft Edge the only officially supported browser. Some versions of Windows 10 will continue to allow usage of IE, such as the Windows 10 China Government Edition and Microsoft’s Long-Term Servicing Channel for Windows 10. However, for the vast majority of users, Internet Explorer will no longer be available.
The tech that powers IE will still work, as MSHTML and Trident engine will remain supported. MSHTML even enables Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge. Microsoft has promised that this mode will remain supported until at least 2029.
Microsoft has been shifting its attention to Edge since that browser first launched with Windows 10 in 2015. The IE mode for Edge launched in 2019. The process of actually ending support for Internet Explorer has been a long one. Support for versions prior to IE 11 ended back in 2016. Microsoft 365 apps and services ended Internet Explorer support in August 2021. One thing is for sure though: This former staple of the internet is now fading from view, as it has been for a long time.