Ever since its release in 1995 Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) has been one of the most widely used web browsers to surf the net.
However, after reaching the peak of its popularity in March 2003, it’s being used less and less by users…
The dip in demand for this web browser is clearly the final factor for Microsoft as they’ve decided to end support for all versions of Internet Explorer. Except for the most current version (IE11).
This doesn’t mean older versions of IE will disappear from your computer; just no more bugs will be fixed, updates made or patches released, leaving users vulnerable to malware and other security threats.
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The new “End of Life” upgrade notification for the once loved browser will be delivered to users today (January 12, 2016).
The notification will warn those still running IE 8, 9 and 10 that they will need to upgrade to the latest version of the browser.
After replacing Internet Explorer as the default web browser with Microsoft Edge in their newest OS (Windows 10), ending support for these older versions of Internet Explorer is Microsoft’s way of pushing people towards using operating systems that support IE11.
Microsoft Edge (released July 2015) is the lightweight web browser that’s replacing Microsoft Internet Explorer on the Windows 10 operating system.
Although IE is still bundled with the OS for compatibility reasons and support extensions, plug-ins and third-party software. We expect that Microsoft will eventually phase IE out completely with updates to the Windows 10 OS.
What’s the Difference Between Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11?
- Microsoft Edge offers more features than IE11. As well as hosting a range of new applications, Edge actively engages with users through features like Web Note, Cortana and Reading View. It also allows writing on the web and reading without distractions. As Microsoft has streamlined their Windows 10 OS across mobile devices (tablets and phones) these features are far more attractive to users with touch screen devices…
- Internet Explorer 11 and it’s step-up on security. IE11 was designed with security in mind, and as a result, is far more secure than older versions. However, Edge has embedded security such as SmartScreen and various anti-fraud and anti-phishing technologies in it that IE11 doesn’t have… But, IE11 is still compatible with legacy apps that are dependent on ActiveX whereas the new default browser for Windows 10 has blocked these third party extensions and plug-ins.
- But, they look the same? Yes they do. If you’re a user of both IE11 and Edge then you may already know they look very similar, bar a few minor differences. The user interface (UI) for these browsers is similar on purpose. Microsoft didn’t want to complicate the transition between using one browser to the other. Even with the minor differences in UI, the fewer navigation buttons and minimalist UI certainly makes Edge tough competition for today’s most popular browser; Google Chrome.
Will Edge Beat Chrome?
Google Chrome is a free web browser developed by the search engine giants Google. It’s estimated Google Chrome has a 58% worldwide usage share as a desktop browser and is the most popular browser for smartphones.
Users of Chrome has soared since its release in 2008 which has lead to the expansion of the brand name ‘Chrome’ into other developments such as ChromeCast.
The flexibility of Google’s Chrome will prove very hard to beat for Microsoft’s Edge. But, with similar features on offer, Edge is bound to make an impact.
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Browsers are free, so, changing your browser is easy. Some alternatives to IE11 and Edge include Chrome and Firefox. But, there are more browsers you can choose from. It all comes down to which you prefer.
Find out which browser is best for Windows PC and laptop, the user rating and more!
Most Popular Internet Browsers:
- IE 11
As of today you will need to upgrade your web browser if you want guaranteed support from Microsoft. If you choose not to upgrade from IE 8, 9 or 10 for the newer IE11 or Edge, then you will want to run regular health checks on your computer to reduce security risks.
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