Internet Explorer (IE) was already dead, but now it’s even deader. For most users, a new Microsoft Edge update will disable the browser on their computer permanently.
Officially laying IE to rest for good, earlier this week, Microsoft shared the news of a Windows update that would disable the browser. “The retired, out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 desktop application has been permanently disabled through a Microsoft Edge update on certain versions of Windows 10.”
After ceasing support, IE was still being used despite being a security risk due to the absence of support. Unlike modern browsers, IE could access legacy websites or specific services that feature aged constructions that could only run on Microsoft’s iconic browser. But even that came to an end eventually with the addition of “Internet Explorer” mode on Microsoft Edge.
The browser was originally launched by Microsoft in 1995 as one of the first and most popular browsers on the internet at the time. The company created 11 versions of IE throughout its existence, with the final version being released in 2013. Microsoft Edge, the tech giant’s newer browser, was released as Explorer’s replacement in 2015, but co-existed on devices with its predecessor until this week.