San Francisco, United States: Microsoft has announced the retirement of Internet Explorer, the browser it invented over 25 years ago and which is now mostly abandoned in favor of competitors such as Google Chrome and Apple Safari.
“We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge,” the company said in a blog post-Wednesday, referring to its other browser.
“Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications,” Microsoft said.
On Thursday, Twitter users mocked Internet Explorer.
“RIP Internet Explorer, I never used it, but now that it’s dead, we won’t be able to make fun of it anymore,” wrote Arcader UwU.
“I still fondly remember how I used it to download Chrome on every new Windows system,” said Hrishikesh Pardeshi.
“This browser might seem old and outdated nowadays, but back in the day, everyone needed it. RIP Internet Explorer 1995-2022,” said someone called TheCool_ColdMan.
Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer will be decommissioned and no longer supported as of June 15, 2022.
However, Microsoft indicated that websites and applications built on Internet Explorer will continue to work with Edge at least until 2029 because many businesses still have webpages built on the now-defunct browser.
According to Statscounter, Chrome, Google’s browser, owns 65 percent of the market. As of April of this year, Safari, which was built by Apple and is only available on Apple computers and devices, was in second place with over a 19 percent market share.
With 3.59 percent and 3.39 percent, Firefox and Edge are in third and fourth place, respectively.