Internet Explorer is set to retire in June 2022

It’s been a long time coming – and it might feel as though it’s dead and gone already – but Microsoft has officially confirmed that it will sunset Internet Explorer in June of 2022, after more than 25 years of service.

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft’s Chromium-powered Edge will be its replacement; consumer versions of Windows from June 2022 onwards will not support Explorer, and future versions of window will no longer be bundled with the iconic (or infamous) browser.

For businesses that still prefer to roll with the stone age and employ Explorer for a variety of tasks, Edge’s new ‘IE Mode’ will enable thrillseekers to embrace yesteryear when visiting legacy websites. Microsoft has confirmed that IE Mode will be supported until 2029.

As Microsoft Edge program manager Sean Lyndersay outlined, “the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge”.

Lyndersay recommended that customers “transition to Microsoft Edge before June 15, 2022, to start enjoying a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience.”

What are your thoughts? Have you used Internet Explorer recently? Let us know your opinion – and whether you’re ready to make an emotional goodbye – in the comments below.