When Windows 10 first launched, you could have had Internet Explorer, the older version of Microsoft Edge, as well as the new Chromium-powered Edge all installed on your computer. But that was back in 2015. This trio of browsers served as the ideal representation of Microsoft’s difficulties with the web over the previous decade, but now that Internet Explorer is being phased out in 2022, it will also be phased out of Windows 11.
Internet Explorer will be “disabled” in Windows 11, according to a recent announcement from Microsoft. At first, I was concerned that it meant Internet Explorer would continue to exist after the final nail in its coffin was driven into the ground on June 15, 2022, but it turns out that it is being completely phased out in Windows 11. It has been announced that the Internet Explorer 11 desktop version will no longer be accessible on Windows 11. In an interview with The Verge, a Microsoft official said that the default browser for Windows 11 is Microsoft Edge. “The MSHTML engine is included in the Windows 11 operating system and is used to power the Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge.”
We weren’t expecting Internet Explorer to make an appearance in Windows 11, but Microsoft has stated that the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) of Windows 10 will still contain Internet Explorer next year, despite a consumer termination date of June 15th, 2022, as part of the Windows 10 transition. Windows 11 will now completely eliminate the browser, and if you use shortcuts to other browsers such as iexplore, you will now be routed to the Microsoft Edge browser.
Because of this, Microsoft has not included Internet Explorer with a new version of Windows for the first time in more than two decades. It was the Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2.5 in 1997 that, if my memory serves me correctly, was the first time that Microsoft openly integrated Internet Explorer into the Windows Explorer and other important components of Windows.
That bundling resulted in the infamous United States v. Microsoft antitrust fight, which took place less than a year after the release of Internet Explorer in October 1997. Everything else is, as they say, history.