It’s time to say goodbye to Internet Explorer. No, really this time. These other goodbyes were just preliminary. Okay, yes, the end of Internet Explorer has been around for a long time, and we know that IE is destined for the big dump in the sky since last year, but Microsoft has again warned that it really is 100% definitely getting rid of that IE desktop shortcut on June 15, 2022.
Microsoft has renewed warnings to users that it is disabling the IE desktop app in newer versions of Windows 10 starting in June. Anyone still using IE after that time can get away with it for a little while longer, though Microsoft plans to update PCs to actually get rid of the app soon after.
From that point on, users might be shocked to see Microsoft Edge pop up when they press the internet button on their desktop.
Edge will take over all standard internet browsing operations for the Windows OS, and to be honest, that’s not a terrible thing. While I’m still not a huge fan of Microsoft’s style of pushing Edge to users like the Windows search function, it’s actually not as bad as a browser as it made the switch to becoming Chromium-based, the same base for Google Chrome.
We even have a staff member on staff 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 very popular, of course, and very few Internet users use any other browser as it is today. It has won the browser wars for now, but there are still great options out there. I’m more of a Firefox user and would recommend this browser to anyone who needs a fresh foundation of web browsing. It also tended to use the least amount of RAM while in use, as we found in testing to find the best web browser for gamers.
For those active users and businesses that still rely on Internet Explorer in 2022, which really shouldn’t be many, Microsoft is keeping an Internet Explorer mode in Edge to ensure compatibility with all the oddities IE requires. This mode will be available until 2029.
Internet Explorer is also due to be dropped from Windows 8 and Windows 7 in January of next year, but honestly, unless you have an exceptionally good reason to run these operating systems in 2022, you’re really taking the mickey.