Microsoft ending support for Internet Explorer

US IT giant Microsoft will end support for its web browser Internet Explorer on Thursday, June 16, Japan time.

Internet Explorer hit the market in 1995. The program has been widely used at home and offices.

The company says Explorer users should switch to its Microsoft Edge browser because the use of unsupported browsers raises the risk of virus infections and security breaches. Edge now comes pre-installed on computers with Windows 10 or 11 operating systems.

But Japan's Information-technology Promotion Agency says many accounting, personnel management and other in-house business systems were developed for use with Internet Explorer. It is calling for the modification of such systems to protect them against security threats.

An official with the agency's security center, Shibamoto Kenichi, says businesses and organizations should act quickly because system modifications can take time.