It's official: as of June 15, 2022Microsoft will no longer support the Internet Explorer browser. This means that if you are still using IE, the famous little blue "e" icon that you have seen for years on your computer, you will no longer be able to access the internet or receive updates from this date on. So what to do if you are still one of the few users of internet explorer?
Microsoft is ending support for IE because it is outdated and no longer meets the security standards of other browsers such as Chrome and Firefox. The company has been warning users for years that it will end support for the browser, and the time has come.
In 2009, Internet Explorer was used by 65% of Internet users to access websites. 13 years later, its use only represents .... 0.8%!
The fault of the Chrome browser, which followed exactly the opposite curve and now represents more than 67% of web surfers! We have to admit that several reasons have been responsible for the death of IE, the main one being a fierce growth of competitors, associated without doubt to bad technical choices and a lack of innovation.
What does this mean for IE users?
If you're one of the few users who still rely on Internet Explorer, it's time to switch to a new browser. After June 15, 2022, you will not be able to use Internet Explorer to access the internet or receive updates. This means that your computer could be vulnerable to security threats, as new viruses and malware are created that IE cannot protect against. So which browser should you turn to?
There are many options available, but we recommend Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Both of these browsers can be downloaded for free and offer a much more secure experience than IE. They also have many features that IE does not (or rather did not) offer, such as built-in password managers and pop-up blockers.
Microsoft: goodbye Internet Explorer, hello Edge
If you don't want to leave the Microsoft universe, the giant offers you another option: its new Edge browser. The replacement of IE. Much more modern, it is based on the same technology as Google Chrome. Like its competitors, it offers many features to make your browsing safer and more enjoyable.
It is also possible to install Edge on devices running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, in addition to Windows 10. To do this, go to the Microsoft website and click on "Download Edge".
Before switching from Internet Explorer to a new browser, there are a few things you should do first:
- Export your favorites If you have set Internet Explorer as your default browser, your favorites should already be saved on your computer. However, it is always a good idea to import them into your new browser. To do this, open IE and go to the "File" menu at the top of the window. Then select "Export" which will allow you to import them into your new browser.
- Save your passwords Like bookmarks, your passwords should also be saved if you have set IE as your default browser. However, it is always a good idea to check them before changing browsers, as some passwords may not be compatible with the new browser
- Clear your history and cookies When you change browsers, you want to wipe out the past. This means deleting your history and cookies so that the new browser doesn't have any of your old data
- Delete your registered bank cards : simply because there is no reason to keep them on an obsolete browser
Once these steps are done, you can remove Internet Explorer from your computer and turn to a new tool.