Internet Explorer will no longer be an active internet browser as of Wednesday.
“After 25+ years of helping people use and experience the web, Internet Explorer (IE) is officially retired,” Sean Lyndersay, general manager of Microsoft Edge Enterprise, said in a statement.
“To many millions of you, thank you for using Internet Explorer as your gateway to the internet,” he added.
Internet Explorer, which helped pave the way for more advanced web browsers, is being retired because it lacks the security of modern browsers. However, news of the decision isn’t unexpected.
Microsoft announced in May 2021 that Wednesday would be the web browser’s official retirement date and that it would no longer continue to support what was once the most-used browser because it has plans for a new one with a faster and more secure experience.
“We are at the next stage of that journey: we are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge,” Lyndersay said in a statement at the time.
“Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications,” he added.