End of era: Internet Explorer to be completely shut down on February 14, 2023

December 19, 2022  12:59

The date of "death" of Internet Explorer browser is already known: February 14, 2023, Microsoft will disable it on computers with the Windows 10 operating system.

According to the portal XDA, Microsoft previously said that Internet Explorer will be turned off through a Windows update, but now it is known that the old browser will "die" after the update of Microsoft Edge, which, according to company representatives, will ease the transition of users to the new browser.

People who are still using Internet Explorer are recommended to switch to Edge before disabling this browser and remove all shortcuts and other links to Internet Explorer to avoid system errors.

Will Internet Explorer be supported on older systems?

Internet Explorer 11 will likely still be supported on some enterprise Windows 7 systems, Windows 8.1, enterprise versions of Windows 10 LTSC, and Windows 10 IoT for some time.

However, the browser likely won't last long on those systems either, as Microsoft plans to end extended support for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 on Jan. 12, 2023.

Internet Explorer: 1995-2023

The very first browser was created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1990: it was called WorldWideWeb and later renamed Nexus. The first browser with a GUI that became widespread was the NCSA Mosaic, development of which began in 1992. A little later Netscape Navigator also appeared – and achieved a certain success, which apparently prompted Microsoft to create its own browser.

The first version of Internet Explorer 1 was released August 16, 1995. And was soon embroiled in the so-called Browser War – a battle of browser manufacturers for dominance.

The first Browser War took place between 1995 and 2001, with Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer "fighting" for market share. Although in 1995 Netscape Navigator had about 80% of the market, and Internet Explorer only about 5%, by the end of the war Internet Explorer had won with about 96% of the market.

The second war, which lasted from 2005 to 2015, involved several browsers, including Opera, Firefox and others. And that war ended with the overthrow of Internet Explorer and the domination of Google Chrome.


Since then, the popularity of Internet Explorer has declined markedly, in fact, according to many users, neither in performance, nor in functionality it could not compete with other popular browsers. Many memes have appeared on the Internet mocking the "slowness" of this browser and pointing out that people use the built-in Windows Internet Explorer only to download other browsers.


Microsoft announced its plans to do away with Internet Explorer back in 2020. Beginning June 15, 2022, the company began phasing out the browser. The final "death" of the browser will come on February 14, 2023.

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