Microsoft announced Wednesday, May 19, it would be sunsetting the consumer-facing version of Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022.
In a blog post, the company said “the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge.” It touted Microsoft Edge as being faster, more secure, and more modern than Internet Explorer while supporting compatibility for legacy websites and applications due to its built-in Internet Explorer mode.
“With Microsoft Edge capable of assuming this responsibility and more, the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10,” the company went on to say.
Microsoft also clarified what platforms would be affected by the shutdown of Internet Explorer.
Specifically, the scope of the retirement of Internet Explorer is the desktop application delivered through its Semi-Annual Channel on Windows 10 version 20H2 and later and the Windows 10 IoT (Internet of Things) iteration, on version 20H2 and later. More information is available in this FAQ Microsoft posted.
Microsoft recommends for consumers to switch to Microsoft Edge before the retirement date, while organizations are being asked to check out their documentation for moving to Edge before June 15, 2022 and to make the switch before then. – Rappler.com