What’s going on:
Once the go-to web browser, Internet Explorer has officially been put to rest on certain versions of Windows 10, which Microsoft announced on February 14. Users that try to access the retired browser will now be automatically directed to their new preferred browser, Microsoft Edge.
Why it matters:
In 1995, tech giant Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer, and within 8 years, it had become the most popular browser with a 95% market share. Since then, 11 new versions of the browser have been released, with the last one released in 2013.
Last June, Microsoft broke the news that they were saying goodbye to Internet Explorer, yet it wasn’t until this week that the program ceased to operate for its users.
How it’ll impact the future:
“With a growing number of websites no longer supporting Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge offers a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience that can still open legacy, Internet Explorer-dependent sites when needed,” Microsoft said in a statement.
Microsoft Edge will now be the go-to web browser for many who use Windows, ending the long-lived reign of Internet Explorer.