Microsoft has just confirmed the outright absence of Internet Explorer on Windows 11 in favor of Microsoft Edge. This decision is not surprising however, the American manufacturer having announced the death of the famous navigator in June 2022.
As you know, Microsoft took advantage of a new conference on June 24, 2021 to officially present Windows 11, its new OS. On the program, a brand new Start menu, improved performance, better integration of Teams messaging and support for Android apps.
And to mark its difference from its predecessor, Windows 11 will lack many features available in Windows 10, such as Cortana for example. Microsoft has confirmed the disappearance of the assistant on the taskbar. Only, Cortana is not the only one to end up in the closet.
As our colleagues at The Verge report, Internet Explorer will also be disabled on Windows 11. This is casually a historic decision, since it is the first time in 20 years that the browser will not be available on a new OS from Microsoft. “The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will no longer be available on Windows 11 ″, therefore confirmed a spokesperson for the Redmond firm.
Microsoft confirms the end of Internet Explorer career
Microsoft specifies, however, that a compatibility mode for web pages optimized for Internet Explorer will be implemented on Windows 11. Still, the news is not surprising. In May 2021, the American company had already announced the death of Internet Explorer. Indeed, the browser will officially disappear from Windows 10 on June 15, 2022. The same goes for the monitoring of the browser, which will stop on the same date.
In fact, the diehards who try to open the browser after the fateful date will be immediately redirected to Microsoft Edge, which also becomes the default browser for the company’s next OS. Launched in August 1995, Microsoft first integrated Internet Explorer with Windows 95 in 1997.
For a long time in a virtual monopoly position, worth in passing a historic antitrust lawsuit at Microsoft in 2001, the browser has gradually seen its popularity drop, in favor of new arrivals that are more efficient, faster and more secure, such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera. Until reaching today only 0.71% market share of browsers worldwide. The time for retirement has come for Internet Explorer!
Source: The Verge