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End of an era: Microsoft retires Internet Explorer

By Jennifer Korn and David Goldman | CNN Business

After nearly 27 years, an iconic Microsoft product is finally being laid to rest.

Internet Explorer 11 is now incompatible with Microsoft products, as the company announced in a blog post on Wednesday. The move comes more than a year after Microsoft first announced plans to phase out IE from products.

It marks the final farewell for a browser that has been on the way out for years. In August 2020, for example, Microsoft’s workplace chat software, Teams, stopped working with IE, and its 365 apps (including Office) no longer worked on IE as of mid-summer 2021. .

Over the next few months, users who click the IE icon will be redirected to Microsoft Edge, the company’s new answer to web browsing, in “IE mode.” IE mode allows users to access older Internet Explorer-based websites and apps from Edge. Eventually, Microsoft plans to release a Windows update that will remove all IE icons from devices.

“The web has evolved, and so have browsers,” Sean Lyndersay, general manager of Microsoft Edge Enterprise, said in a blog post Wednesday. “The incremental improvements to Internet Explorer couldn’t match the general improvements to the web as a whole, so we started over.”

The removal of IE impacts all currently supported versions of Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise, Edu, and IoT.

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