American software giant Microsoft has finally decided to kill its 20 years old Internet Explorer in order to push users towards Windows 10 and its Edge Browser. The company officially declared to the world that it will no longer support Internet Explorer versions 7, 8, 9 and 10 on most of its operating system. This means that it will not offer security updates, compatibility fixes and technical support for IE browsers working on Windows 7 and 8.1
Beginning January 12th, 2015, Microsoft will only support Internet Explorer 11 which is loaded onto the systems. This literally means that all those previous IE versions will be vulnerable to malware.
IE 11 of Microsoft will continue to receive updates till the end of 2017 and after that will be abandoned by the software giant.
History of Internet Explorer
Going in to brief history of Internet Explorer- the first version of it was released as an add-on package in 1995 through Windows 95 OS version.
In between 2002 and 2003, IE was termed as most widely used web browser with a peak of 95% usage share.
In May 2012, the company started to face tough competition from Google Chrome and Firefox and lost the battle to Google and stood at number 3 position in 2013.
After IE 6 was released in 2001, the browser hit its first real speed bump in its digital life.
In 2004, IE received a major set back as United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team warned users in 2004 that holes in IE could lead to password and other personal info spill into the hands of hackers.
Although, IE rolled out security updates to its users, a severe damage to the browsers image was done by then.
Microsoft wants to push its Edge browser with IE kill
With IE ban and the support for IE 11 only available till a year, Microsoft’s intention is to push its new Edge browser onto users. But to use the Edge browser, also known as Spartan, Windows OS users should upgrade to Windows 10 OS.
Microsoft’s project SPARTAN was designed for easy sharing, reading, discovery and getting things done online.
So, what exactly does this move mean?
It clearly means only one thing and that is to make users somehow move to Windows 10 platform, in order to enjoy “Happy Browsing”.
In April 2014, Microsoft Windows killed its 13 year old Windows XP OS. Now, literally after 2 years, it has withdrawn its support to Internet Explorer.
Follow the link to know what’s next on Microsoft’s killing menu.