Why Full-Chrome Edge Means End Times for IE

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How long will Microsoft correct Internet Explorer?

This is a question that Windows users who still use the old browser must ask themselves. The answer? Only Microsoft knows for sure. However, there are signs that the developer of Redmond, Wash. Will not support Internet Explorer (IE) as long as promised.

The last explorer (Internet)

Although IE has downgraded its status (three years have passed since Microsoft stopped browser development), the company is committed to providing lifelong security updates for the operating system. which browser was integrated. "Internet Explorer 11 is the latest major release of Internet Explorer", Microsoft declared. "Internet Explorer 11 will continue to receive security updates and support throughout the lifecycle of the version of Windows on which it is installed."

As IE11 is included in Windows 10, including the LTSC (Long-Term Service Channel) static edition, this promise meant that Microsoft was actually engaged in ongoing support. Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 – which debuted just a few months ago – will be supported until January 9, 2029, in a decade or so. IE11 is therefore supposed to receive assistance until that date as well.

But it's hard to believe that Microsoft is following up on its technical support guarantee for another decade when IE browser users' share has not only been reduced, but this reduction shows no sign of ending. In January 2016, when Microsoft forced Windows users to upgrade to the latest version of IE supported on their operating system, the browser accounted for 48% of total activity browser on Windows PCs. By December 2018, the share of IE had dropped below 10%. In a year, the share of IE users will be less than 5% if its decline continues at its pace of 12 months.

Redmond can follow previous

Nothing prevents Microsoft from bailing out IE support. It would not even be the first time.

In August 2014, Microsoft ordered Windows users to upgrade to the latest version of IE, a year of support for IE7, four years for IE8 and IE9 and seven years for IE10. Only the support of IE11 remained intact.

The decision was unprecedented in that no browser maker had ever ordered users to abandon a browser while support was still theirs. Users cringed, of course, but the most compliant: last month, three quarters of all IE users were from IE11. (The disadvantage of Microsoft, is that hundreds of millions of IE have abandoned IE for Chrome when it was said to them to change browser.) But the sky is not safe. #############################################################> 39; is not collapsed, the planet continued to turn.

In fact, Microsoft has made it a habit to pull a hand, including Windows. In early 2016, the company announced that PC using the latest silicon Intel and AMD would not be supported by Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, which would effectively reduce the full use of these operating systems years before their removal date.

It would not be a radical move if Microsoft decided that IE no longer needed to live. It could announce the imminent and early withdrawal of IE11 using some of the same justifications as it had indicated when reducing in 2014 support for the browser and in 2016 for Windows 7 and 8.1.

"Obsolete browsers represent a major challenge for the security and safety of the Web ecosystem because modern web browsers benefit from enhanced protection," said an IE marketing executive in August 2014 to explain why Microsoft would soon ban older versions. Microsoft could simply reuse the term "obsolete" to justify closing IE11 support; After all, the browser has not been touched for three years and is even more behind than rivals like Chrome and Firefox.

But when?

If Microsoft had to dump IE, what would be the best time?

The logical moment would be when Windows 7 – currently the second most popular operating system in the world – is itself retired on January 14, 2020. IE and Windows 7 have a relationship forged in years when the browser accounted for more than half of all users, this simply does not exist between IE and Windows 10; under Windows 10, the browser has never been a simple upward compatibility solution.

It's no coincidence that at this point Microsoft should be done with its Edge conversion to Google Chrome technology. The transformation of Edge, announced in early December, should take place "in the coming years," said a Microsoft official a month ago.

The "Full-Chromium Edge", so called because Microsoft will adopt open source code Chromium to power its browser, will be available not only for Windows 10, but also for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

The appearance of Full-Chromium Edge will be the perfect time for Microsoft to empty IE. For Computerworld, Microsoft's admission of the need for a Web-enabled browser – neither IE nor Edge, nor at the time of Chrome – clearly indicated that IE days were numbered.

Here's why the arrival of Full-Chromium Edge marks the end of IE:

+ If one of the reasons that pushed Microsoft to adopt Edge for all of Chrome was the reduction in development and maintenance costs – like many suspects – it makes no sense to rely on chrome outsourced while managing the Trident / Chakra internal system. renderers and JavaScript, respectively, for IE11). Making Full-Chromium Edge the only Microsoft browser simplifies Microsoft's work.

+ The idea that Microsoft would support Internet Explorer indefinitely was absurd: commercial customers sometimes have to be responsible for updating everything that required IE (most often, web applications and / or intranet sites). With the retirement of Windows 7, Windows 10 will be available for four and a half years. Microsoft may end the support of Internet Explorer by Windows 10 by claiming that it has left companies enough time to free themselves from any inherited burden.

+ If Microsoft had not extended the life of IE by including it with Windows 10, the removal of the browser would have been synchronized with that of Windows 7. Microsoft can use that to justify the coup IE knife.

+ Many users will use Windows 7 after retirement. (Enterprise customers can extend support for Windows 7 by up to three years.) Microsoft wants its own browser, a credible browser, for the post-January 2020, Windows 7 … and IE are not not.

+ Coincidence does not exist. The synchronization of the removal of Windows 7 (and Windows 10 replacing this predecessor) with the availability of Full-Chromium Edge is not a coincidence.

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