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Microsoft announces retirement of Internet Explorer

Microsoft recently announced the retirement of its longstanding web browser, Internet Explorer, in favour of its newer product, Microsoft Edge, according to the media reports.

The support for Internet Explorer is only set to last until June 15, 2022, as its remaining users have just over a year to find an alternative.

In a 2019 blog post titled "The perils of using Internet Explorer as your default browser", Microsoft's Chris Jackson warned: Web Developers by and large just aren't testing for Internet Explorer these days. They're testing on modern browsers.

The message was clear that the web developers don't get on well with Internet Explorer, so sites that work well on other browsers might not work here - and that problem is only going to get worse.

Having existed since the dawn of the internet age, Internet Explorer has failed in many ways to keep up. This is the reason why people rely on Google owned web browser instead of any others.

This reason led Microsoft to lost its interest in Internet Explorer and shifted in its new browser Microsoft Edge. But still a challenge for the company as the marketplace is crowded with Google's Chrome, Apple's Safari, Mozilla's Firefox, and numerous open source browsers.

But the conclusion is that Internet Explorer just lacks the versatility needed by web-savvy users. And as of next year, even the non-savvy users will stop relying on it too.


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