Microsoft stopped supporting the Internet Explorer browser

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.

Instead, users will be directed to Microsoft's newer Edge browser.

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.

With nearly $3 billion in revenue in the first quarter, this segment accounts for about 6% of Microsoft's total revenue.

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.

In 2015, Microsoft released Edge as part of Windows 10 to compete with Internet Explorer as a new and efficient alternative to what Windows users were used to.

However, Internet Explorer retains a small following, owing to the fact that it is still the only way to access certain corporate web applications.

Even though it's being retired, it won't be going away anytime soon.

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. "

Users will still see the Internet Explorer icon on their computers (such as on the taskbar or in the Start menu), but if they click to open it, Microsoft Edge will open instead, with easy access to IE mode."

As part of a future Windows Update, Internet Explorer will be permanently deactivated, and the Internet Explorer icons on their devices will be gone.

"According to Lyndersay, a "Reload in IE mode" button will appear in the Edge toolbar, and the browser will ask users if they want to access a website in IE mode next time.

"Every 30 days, Microsoft Edge will check in with the user to see if they still require IE mode for the site," he added. "

As more websites are upgraded to new standards, consumers will have less need to utilize IE mode and more need to use the modern rendering engine."

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