And the Windows 10 makers will twist people’s arm even further to crossover before that deadline, as later this year Microsoft 365 apps will stop working with the browser. This comes into effect on August 17 2021, and given how widely used 365 apps are it could spark another exodus away from IE11 to Edge.
According to NetMarketShare stats, in April Chrome was the most popular browser in the world (69.51 percent market share) with Edge in second (11.57 percent) and Internet Explorer in fourth (3.82 percent). Compared that to the same time last year though, the battle between Edge and IE was far tighter – with Edge holding a 7.76 percent share of the browser market compared to IE’s 5.45 percent.
So, it looks like some of the support that has been pulled from IE11, plus all the many updates Microsoft has been releasing for Edge, has already helped make plenty of people swap browsers.
Announcing the retirement of Internet Explorer, Microsoft said: “Over the last year, you may have noticed our movement away from Internet Explorer (“IE”) support, such as an announcement of the end of IE support by Microsoft 365 online services. Today, 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.