It’s time to say goodbye to Internet Explorer. No, for real this time. These other departures were only preliminary. Okay, yes, Internet Explorer’s demise has been a long time coming, and we’ve known that IE has been destined for the big trash can in the sky since last year, but Microsoft has again warned that it really is 100% definitely get rid of this IE desktop shortcut on June 15, 2022.
Microsoft has renewed warnings to users that it is removing the desktop app from IE on newer versions of Windows 10 starting in June. Anyone still using IE after that time might be able to get away with it a bit longer, though Microsoft plans to update PCs to get rid of the app completely soon after.
From then on, users may be shocked to see Microsoft Edge appear instead when they click the internet button on their desktop.
Edge will support all Internet browsing operations by default for Windows OS, and to be honest, it’s not a terrible thing. While I’m still not a big fan of Microsoft’s style of pushing Edge on users like in Windows search, it’s not that bad of a browser since it’s changed to be based on Chromium, the same basis for Google Chrome.
We even have a team member on the team who uses Edge every day and swears by it – we tend to ignore them but the browser has its fans (remember, I’m still your boss, Jacob -Ed).
Chrome is hugely popular, of course, and very few internet users use any other browser as it is today. It’s won the browser wars, so far, but there are still some great options out there. I’m more of a Firefox user myself and would recommend this browser to anyone who needs a new playground for web browsing. It also tended to use the least amount of RAM while in use, as we discovered while testing to find the best web browser for gamers.
For active users and businesses that still depend on Internet Explorer in 2022, which really shouldn’t be much, Microsoft is keeping an Internet Explorer mode in Edge to ensure compatibility with all the quirks IE requires. This mode will be available until 2029.
Internet Explorer is also scheduled to be retired from Windows 8 and Windows 7 in January next year, but honestly, unless you have an exceptionally good reason to run those operating systems in 2022, you’re really taking the mickey .