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End of an Era: Microsoft Formally Retires Internet Explorer


End of an Era: Microsoft Formally Retires Internet Explorer

Time for Farewell to the Iconic Browser

Back in the mid-90s, Microsoft introduced the original Internet Explorer browser, a software that played a significant role in simplifying and popularizing internet usage. However, with passing years, Internet Explorer lost its prominence to rival browsers like Firefox and Chrome, as well as Microsoft’s very own Edge browser. Moreover, it got caught in a number of antitrust disputes.

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Due to its escalating obsolescence, Microsoft has officially announced the retirement of the Internet Explorer browser effective immediately. While the program can still be accessed, Microsoft will cease providing updates or technical assistance for it.

“In the upcoming months, upon launching Internet Explorer, users will gradually be directed to our new contemporary browser, Microsoft Edge with IE mode,” as stated by Sean Lyndersay, a Microsoft general manager, in an official blog entry. “Although users will still spot the Internet Explorer icon on their devices (such as the taskbar or Start menu), when they click to open Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge will launch instead, offering convenient access to IE mode. Eventually, as part of a forthcoming Windows Update, Internet Explorer will be permanently deactivated and the Internet Explorer icons will be removed from devices.”

“Microsoft Edge will also conduct regular checks with the user every 30 days to confirm the need for IE mode on a specific site,” Lyndersay further mentioned. “With the progress of modernizing websites to meet current standards, the reliance on IE mode will decrease while the contemporary rendering engine will be utilized more frequently.”

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