Today marks the day that Internet Explorer gets put down, and Microsoft is moving on. Even though the company introduced Edge seven years ago, there was still a pool of people who opted to stay with Internet Explorer. Now, Microsoft redirects Internet Explorer users to the Edge browser.
Internet Explorer wasn’t able to maintain dominance through the rise of Google Chrome. Regardless, Microsoft kept it alive and updated it. Even after 2015 when it released Microsoft Edge, the company continued to support its creation. However, all things must come to an end. Today, Internet Explorer will lose its final bit of software support and fall into the graveyard of lost programs.
Now, Microsoft redirects Internet Explorer users to Edge
You can’t stop the march of progress, so those Internet Explorer users need to go somewhere to do their browsing. While there are other programs like Firefox and Chrome, why not just jump to the other Microsoft browser? This is what the company suggests.
According to The Verge, if you click on a site that requires the use of Internet Explorer, you’ll get a popup. The popup says that you’ll automatically be taken over to Edge in Internet Explorer mode. The popup has a Continue button that you’ll click to get you started.
There is some fortunate news. All of your history, bookmarks, passwords, cookies, and such will be ported over automatically. Microsoft wants to make the process of switching over as painless as possible.
There’s no escaping the death of Internet Explorer
Microsoft is looking to scrub its veteran browser from existence; well, at least from your computer. Aside from pulling the plug on software updates, Microsoft is also going to eliminate the program from your computer via a software update. It won’t happen immediately. Microsoft is going to redirect more people to Edge over the next coming months.
It’s not quite the end for the program
Microsoft is removing Internet Explorer from the common user-facing versions of Windows, but the company is keeping it around for some other versions. This includes the Windows Server editions, Windows 10 LTSC, and Windows 8.1 and 7 with extended security updates. However, after those versions of Windows reach the end of their life cycles, it will officially be the end of Internet Explorer.