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Microsoft to shut down historic Internet Explorer in August 2021

Microsoft will end support for Internet Explorer 11 across Microsoft 265 apps from August 17, 2021, onwards.

The World Wide Web’s once-dominant browser Internet Explorer is all set to bow out from 17 August 2021 onwards. Microsoft announced it would retire its Internet Explorer browser while also stating the MS Edge Browser would also move completely onto Google’s open-source Chromium platform.

The move ultimately means that after August 2021 the browser will stop working on Microsoft products such as Office 365, Outlook, and others. The company also reiterated that after March 9, 2021, the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop app will not receive new security updates and it advises users to switch to the new Microsoft Edge browser.

In an official blog post, Microsoft said, “Customers will have a degraded experience or will be unable to connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services on IE 11. For degraded experiences, new Microsoft 365 features will not be available or certain features may cease to work when accessing the app or service via IE 11.” They however clarified that Internet Explorer 11 is not going away.

While the news is surely disheartening neither Internet Explorer nor Edge is popular anymore. Barely 1.3% of the world’s surfers used Internet Explorer in July 2020. And while it may be false, most people suggest that the clicks are by accident. MS Edge only has about 2.2% market share. Goggle Chrome is by far the most popular of the other lot. With 66% market share across all platforms, the browser is leading in the web world.

Apple users prefer Safari (16.65 percent). Geeks use Mozilla’s Firefox (4.26 percent), or Opera (2.05 percent), or Vivaldi (0.04 percent). Both Opera and Vivaldi are built on top of Chromium, so Google’s dominance of this space penetrates way beyond the surface.

Internet Explorer 11 was introduced in 2013 as a core component of Windows operating systems.

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