Internet Explorer has been pronounced dead.
Microsoft announced the 25-year-old browser will disappear from the web on August 17, 2021.
The tech giant shared the news in a blog post, stating the Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support Internet Explorer 11, the latest version, beginning November 30, 2020.
By next summer, none of Microsoft’s remaining 365 app and services will connect to the browser.
Following the deadlines, users of the dated browser will face a ‘degraded experience,’ except for sites that were specifically built by businesses for Internet Explorer.
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The announcement has been a long time coming, after Microsoft launched its Edge browser five years ago.
In 2015, Microsoft had confirmed that it intends to drop the Internet Explorer brand and move to the new Edge, which at the time was codenamed Project Spartan.
At the time, the firm had plans to keep both of the browsers alive, but was shifting to rebranding Explorer.
Customers have been using Internet Explorer (IE 11) since 2013 when the online environment was much less sophisticated than the landscape today,’ Microsoft said in Monday’s blog post.
‘Since then, open web standards and newer browsers — like the new Microsoft Edge — have enabled better, more innovative online experiences.’
However, the firm is also pulling the plug on the older version March 9, 2021 to make way for the new browser.
It will push the new Chromium-based Edge in updates for Windows users prior to ending the current version.
Microsoft is honor investments made by business owners in Internet Explorer and will allow all private IE 11 applications to function as normal.
Internet Explorer, which was first called Windows Internet Explorer, was first released as part of the add-on package Plus! for Windows 95 in 1995.
It r was one of the most widely used web browsers, attaining a peak of about 95 percent during 2002 and 2003.
However, it struggled in the face of competition, and in May 2012 it was announced that Google’s Chrome overtook Internet Explorer as the most used browser worldwide.
The brand has struggled to shake off the bad reputation of Internet Explorer 6, which was notoriously insecure.
Since then many of the versions have been discontinued due to flopping among the public.