On Wednesday, Microsoft stopped supporting the Internet Explorer web browser, signaling the end of an era for a 26-year-old brand marred by an antitrust case, security flaws, and sluggish performance.
While Microsoft does not profit directly from browsers, Edge defaults to Microsoft's Bing search engine, which generates advertising revenue for the software and hardware giant.
Customers will not receive technical support or security updates from Microsoft because the company is focusing on Edge, a browser that works on mobile devices, Macs, and even Linux, rather than being limited to Windows.
However, Internet Explorer retains a small following, owing to the fact that it is still the only way to access certain corporate web applications.
In a blog post, Sean Lyndersay, a general manager at the firm, wrote, "Opening Internet Explorer will gradually lead users to our new contemporary browser, Microsoft Edge with IE mode," over the following few months. "
As part of a future Windows Update, Internet Explorer will be permanently deactivated, and the Internet Explorer icons on their devices will be gone.
"Every 30 days, Microsoft Edge will check in with the user to see if they still require IE mode for the site," he added. "