The phased termination of defunct net browser World wide web Explorer has officially occur to a near, Microsoft has verified.
To start with printed in August 2020, the Web Explorer retirement roadmap consisted of a amount of phases, with assist for the browser slowly but surely slipping away from a broader and wider array of Microsoft providers.
As of this 7 days, Microsoft has withdrawn Net Explorer support for all Microsoft 365 apps, bringing the sunsetting process to a near. Whilst some Microsoft 365 applications may possibly nevertheless operate via the browser, customers really should anticipate a seriously diminished encounter.
“Support is now unavailable for Microsoft 365 applications and companies on IE11,” the current roadmap states. “Additionally, you really should count on no new features when accessing Microsoft 365 apps and providers on IE11 and that the each day usage working experience for buyers could get progressively even worse more than time till the apps and companies are disconnected.”
Goodbye, Web Explorer
Internet Explorer has long been the butt of jokes in the technologies neighborhood, ridiculed for its speed issues and clunky person interface. The shift to retire the browser, which very first hit the scene in 1995, can be noticed as an admission of its irrelevance to fashionable customers.
The internet browser’s decline is writ big in its market share, which tumbled from a peak of circa 95% to just a handful of share points as more recent, extra aspect-wealthy alternatives emerged.
In a bid to claw again misplaced floor, Microsoft has now put all its eggs in the Edge basket. The company rebooted the browser in January 2020 and has considering the fact that sunk sizeable assets into building out new performance to support Edge stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Firefox and Chrome.
“Customers have been working with IE 11 considering the fact that 2013 when the on the net natural environment was significantly fewer complex than the landscape currently. Due to the fact then, open internet expectations and more recent browsers – like the new Microsoft Edge – have enabled far better, a lot more innovative on the internet experiences,” wrote Microsoft when the IE roadmap was declared.
“We believe that that Microsoft 365 subscribers, in both client and commercial contexts, will be nicely served with this modify via speedier and extra responsible world wide web access to bigger sets of options in day to day toolsets like Outlook, Teams, SharePoint and extra.”
Even so, for all its faults and limitations, Net Explorer will be remembered fondly by a lot of, like this writer, whose earliest encounters on the net it served condition. Rest in peace, previous good friend.