We’ve identified it was coming, however now it is upon us: Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s once-dominant web browser, formally dies at this time, Wednesday, June 15. 

Users making an attempt to entry Internet Explorer from tomorrow can be directed in the direction of Microsoft Edge, the corporate’s fashionable Chromium-based browser that, whereas respectable, hasn’t managed to meaningfully problem Google Chrome. For those that use purposes unique to Internet Explorer 11, you’ll entry these through Edge’s Internet Explorer mode.

The loss of life of Internet Explorer will not hassle many individuals. According to Statcounter, 67% of desktop browsers worldwide use Chrome, below 10% use Safari, and simply over 9% use Edge. Firefox and Opera are available after that, at 8% and three% respectively. The “other” class is simply over 3%.

But in the event you’re of a sure age, you could really feel a pang of remorse on the snuffing of IE’s meagre flame. Internet Explorer 2.0 was the primary “free” browser and got here preloaded with Windows, a move that just about rang the loss of life knell of beforehand dominant browser Netscape Navigator (sure: there was a time if you wanted to pay for an internet browser, or faux you had been a scholar and download the tutorial model). In the early 2000s, you just about ran both Internet Explorer, or in the event you had been actually cool, Firefox. When Google Chrome got here alongside, it shortly ate everybody’s lunch, and ever since, nobody’s managed to usurp it.

Microsoft has actually put its weight behind Microsoft Edge, although, as any consumer of Windows 10 can attest: typically making an attempt to keep away from it in favour of Chrome or one other various seems like swatting a virus. Edge turned Windows 10’s default browser in 2015, although Internet Explorer has continued to look on new units as a consequence of these aforementioned IE apps that, these days, most likely only a few nonetheless use.