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On June 15, Microsoft shut down its classic browser Internet Explorer, which first debuted on August 16, 1995. Why did Microsoft shutting down Internet Explorer, and does it matter for you or anyone else? Read on below to find out.
Why is Internet Explorer being shut down?
Since Microsoft’s browser Internet Explorer was launched 26 years ago, there have been a variety of huge improvements in web technology. Because of this, Internet Explorer has naturally been left in the dust by high-performance browsers like Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, and it’s no longer the best option in terms of speed or security.
In an official statement about the shut down, a spokesperson from Microsoft said, “Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications.”
Does this even matter?
Sure, Microsoft is shutting down Internet Explorer, but does it even matter? Does anybody still use it anymore? Actually, the usage statistics are still much higher than you might imagine. Internet Explorer has been a familiar internet browser for years, and for many people, it’s still the only one they’ve ever used. The platform peaked years ago, with over 94% of the market share in 2004, but as of the beginning of 2022, it still had over 28 million active users.
The most important reason this change matters is because it helps protect the data of people who were using Internet Explorer. Outdated browsers can be easier for cybercriminals to hack into, but many casual internet users aren’t aware of the danger or don’t know how to handle it. By getting rid of Internet Explorer and forcing people to switch browsers, Microsoft is protecting its customers against having their data stolen.
What does this mean for Internet Explorer users?
If you’re a longtime Internet Explorer user, the good news is that this change is nothing to fear. It will take some work to switch to a new browser, but luckily, you can import your Internet Explorer data into your new browser so you can transition seamlessly. After a short while using a new browser, you’ll likely find that the improved tools in the newer systems make for a better browsing experience.
What browser should IE users switch to?
There are a variety of internet browsers available now, many of which offer better support for modern websites and programs than Internet Explorer did. Newer internet browsers are faster, take less space on your computer, and have more accessibility features and helpful tools to make your internet browsing experience simple. Or maybe you want to take some time to try out a technology detox!
If you try to access the Internet Explorer app now, you’ll be redirected to Microsoft’s newer browser Microsoft Edge, which offers all of the same functionality of Internet Explorer and is very efficient with your computer’s memory and processing power.