Remember Internet Explorer? When our computer monitors were still square and Paint was an endless source of hours of fun, Internet Explorer was the gateway to the Internet. Over the years, other browsers such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome began to appear and, quickly, the use of Internet Explorer plummeted.
After several updates and attempts by Microsoft to re-popularize its classic browser (included as standard in all Windows operating systems), the company finally threw in the towel and developed what would become its current browser: Microsoft Edge, based on Chromium. But then what about Internet Explorer?
This February, after many years with Internet Explorer on our computers, Microsoft has decided to put an end to its old browser. The date decided, according to the company’s blog, is February 14. On that day, Microsoft will release an update for Edge that will completely disable Internet Explorer 11, the latest version of the classic browser.
At the time, Microsoft said that Internet Explorer 11 would be disabled through a Windows update, but, in the end, it will do so through an update for Edge itself. According to the company, this is to provide a better user experience and make the transition to Edge easier.
And that’s not all. Microsoft will also remove any visual reference to Internet Explorer from Windows 10 with the Patch Tuesday update it will release in June, which means you will no longer see the browser logo in the taskbar or Start menu.
The deactivation of the old Microsoft browser makes even more sense if we take into account that one of the main features of the current version of Edge is the Internet Explorer Mode, which basically allows you to open any web page as if they were running in Internet Explorer. A utility designed for all those websites that, in the middle of the year 2023, still need to run solely and exclusively in this browser.