MICROSOFT has hammered the final nail into Internet Explorer’s coffin, forcing Windows 10 users to move to its recently redesigned Microsoft Edge web browser, or rivals like Google Chrome, Opera and Mozilla Firefox. Here’s when you’ll lose the IE from your PC.

Microsoft has confirmed plans to phase out its once-ubiquitous Internet Explorer web browser over the next year. The application, which used to be the default browser on any Windows computer, was supposed to be usurped by the launch of Microsoft Edge alongside Windows 10 back in July 2015. However, the original Edge browser was so disastrous that Microsoft kept Internet Explorer in the operating system for half a decade longer than planned. But with the recent overhaul of Microsoft Edge, which saw the Redmond-based company ditch almost everything from the original app (except the name) and switch over to the open-source Chromium codebase that powers Google Chrome. The reworked Microsoft Edge, which is available on Android, Windows 10, macOS and iOS, is now compatible with all of the same browser extensions as Chrome. It also works seamlessly with all of the same web apps and sites as Chrome too. Given that Chrome now accounts for some 64 percent of all desktop web traffic worldwide – almost every website on the planet is now designed to work with the browser. However, that doesn’t mean Edge is now a carbon copy of Chrome, which accounts for some 64 per cent of all desktop web traffic worldwide. Microsoft has built on the Chromium foundation to include a number of its own features, including some that Google nicked for its own browser.