The End of an Era: Microsoft is Retiring Internet Explorer

Though Microsoft has said for years that it has planned to eventually replace the Internet Explorer browser with its favored and more secure option, Microsoft Edge, the retirement of Internet Explorer marks the end of an era.

Microsoft has retired the 27-year-old internet application, Internet Explorer.

Starting Wednesday, anyone who tries to access this application will be directed to Microsoft’s most recent browser Microsoft Edge. This alternative browser was introduced in 2015 and has gradually phased out Internet Explorer.

Though Internet Explorer had been the go-to browser on Windows PC for years after being released in 1995, rivals such as Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome made the application less popular.

A year ago, Microsoft announced that it was retiring Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022, pushing users to explore the Edge browser. Microsoft has made it clear that it’s time to move on.

In 2021, in a blog post by Sean Lyndersay, general manager of Microsoft Edge Enterprise, he wrote, “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.”

At least we’re in good hands!

This news drew emotions from many Microsoft users on Tuesday as they awaited the retirement of Internet Explorer.

One user, @CSureshVarma, posted this on Twitter: “End of an era. Our Dear old Friend from the Good old Days of Childhood…. In the Loving Memory of our First Window to the Internet… 1995 to 2022.”

Another user, @Simulator_Radio posted on Twitter, “After 27 years of support, Microsoft is set to retire Internet Explorer for GOOD on June 15. It’s time to tell your nan to stop using it now, like seriously.”

Thanks, Internet Explorer, for your decades of contribution to the world of internet browsers!

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