Say Goodbye to Internet Explorer After Nearly 3 Decades

  • Internet Explorer was the primary web browser offered by Microsoft and came pre-installed on multiple versions of Windows.
  • Edge, the latest browser from Microsoft, has replaced Internet Explorer.
  • With a lifespan of 27 years, Internet Explorer is among the longest-lasting web browsers in use to date.
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Users of a software application will receive notifications about its termination, along with instructions for setting up Microsoft Edge, a product released by Microsoft in 2015. Edge is regularly integrated into Windows 10, Windows 11 and Microsoft gaming platforms.

As a result of these messages, people involved in a software application will get details on the termination of the application, along with step-by-step instructions on how to set up Microsoft Edge, the newest product of Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft. Edge was released by Microsoft in 2015. Since then, Edge has been regularly integrated into Windows 10 and 11, and Microsoft gaming platforms.

Goodbye, so long. Farewell.

The discontinuation of Internet Explorer (IE) has been anticipated for some time. In May 2021, Microsoft announced plans to phase out the use of IE, as it is outdated and lacks the speed, security and compatibility of more recent browsers.

The discontinuation of Internet Explorer (IE) has raised concerns among some businesses as some corporate systems still rely on IE to run internal applications. To address this, Microsoft has added an “Internet Explorer Mode” to Edge, which should provide a solution for those who still require it.

Internet Explorer is finding it time to Die.

As Internet Explorer (IE) received updates from Microsoft for years, its popularity decreased. According to The Wall Street Journal, only 0.28% of internet users still use IE, while 65% use Google Chrome and 18% use Safari, created by Apple for MacOS and iOS.

In 1997, the U.S. Justice Department brought an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that the requirement to install Internet Explorer as part of using Windows was a monopolistic practice. The case was decided in favor of the government, and Microsoft was ordered to divide into two separate divisions, one for operating systems and one for software development.

The Internet: What Are We Saying?

The internet community reacted to the discontinuation of Internet Explorer (IE) in various ways. Many shared memes and jokes about the slow and outdated nature of the browser, and the common quip that the only use for IE was to download a different browser.