Internet Explorer, the online browser widely used and equally widely mocked, is finally dead. Microsoft is officially telling users to move on from the 27-year-old application and switch to its newer Edge browser instead.
Last year, the tech giant announced that it would shut down its Internet Explorer version 11 Windows 10 desktop application and replace it with Microsoft Edge.
Internet Explorer, formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows Internet Explorer was a series of graphical web browsers with 11 versions and was developed by Microsoft and included in the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, starting in 1995.
The browser was first released as part of the add-on package plus for Windows 95 that year. Internet Explorer was once the most widely used web browser, attaining a peak of about 95 percent usage share by 2003.
In March 17, 2015, Microsoft announced the replacement of Internet Explorer with Microsoft Edge as the default browser.
As it is now, Microsoft will start automatically redirecting Internet Explorer users to its Edge browser over the next few months.
The redirect process to Edge will bring over data like passwords, favorites, and settings from Internet Explorer, and a “reload in IE mode” option will be presented in the toolbar to make it easy to access the special mode that Microsoft has built into Edge.