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Internet Explorer is officially retired

If you were an Internet user in the 90s, you absolutely had a run-in with Internet Explorer. In the early days of Microsoft Windows, it was hard to avoid – at some point you almost always accidentally clicked on it. I remember the frenzy of trying to close it before it fully opened. Let’s be honest, Internet Explorer was the worst. But it was also a fundamental part of early Internet culture. And even if no one uses it anymore, we will certainly miss it… maybe.

Microsoft announced in 2021 that Internet Explorer would cease to exist on June 15, 2022, and it’s keeping its word. “The Internet Explorer 11 desktop app will be retired and unsupported on June 15, 2022 for certain versions of Windows 10,” its announcement read. Of course, people have taken to the internet to share their feelings, which are, of course, of course, exactly as good as we expect from the internet.


“not internet explorer joining the 27 club”, a user on Twitter wrote.

“Internet Explorer is finally shutting down on June 15 after 27 years. It seems there is a bit of a delay, I clicked “close” 26 years ago. » someone else tweeted.

“Goodbye Internet Explorer. No one will miss you but old baby boomers who don’t know how to install a better web browser.” read another.

Many people have given the browser props for one of its best functions: using it to download another browser. I remember using it to download Firefox and Chrome.

Even actor Ryan Reynolds took part in the memorials.

Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer to Windows users in 1995 as an alternative to Netscape Navigator, which it later replaced. We all remember there was a time when you couldn’t be a Windows user without being forced to use IE. It was so slow that uploading an image could take up to 10 minutes. I can see the little pages flying around in the folder if I close my eyes.

According to AP, the Justice Department sued Microsoft in 1997 for making IE a fundamental part of the user experience. He claimed that Microsoft “violated a previous consent decree by requiring computer makers to use its browser as a condition of using Windows.” In 2002, Microsoft settled an antitrust battle over allegations that it created a Windows monopoly. The company faced a similar fight in Europe where regulators claimed that tying Internet Explorer to Windows put browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Chrome at a disadvantage.

Just because Internet Explorer joins AOL Instant Messenger, BlackBerry, and the Microsoft Word paperclip in the Internet graveyard doesn’t mean Windows isn’t in the browser game anymore.

In 2015, Microsoft launched Microsoft Edge, which will be its primary browser. Microsoft describes Edge as “a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer.” It assures users that Microsoft Edge will still support “legacy sites” that required Internet Explorer to run.

“Instead of using ‘this browser for this site’ and ‘this browser for this site,’ you can now use Microsoft Edge,” he said.

Despite the alternative, you can’t deny that Internet Explorer’s retirement is the end of a bygone era. It may have been slow and unfriendly, but it’s part of our history. Thanks to the little navigator who was able.

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