Microsoft terminates Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer will be retired on June 15, 2022. (Photo: 123RF)

The retirement hour has come for Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s browser put into service more than 25 years ago, but largely deserted in favor of its competitors born in Silicon Valley, Chrome (Google) and Safari (Apple) .

“We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge,” said the computer giant on its blog Wednesday, before praising the merits of its other browser, Edge.

It is “faster, safer and offers a more modern browsing experience,” the company acknowledged, while being “compatible with older websites and applications.”

Many netizens posted tongue-in-cheek condolence messages on Twitter Thursday, in reference to the jokes the browser had been the subject of for years.

“Peace to your soul Internet Explorer. I never used it, but when he is dead we will not be able to make fun of him anymore ”, commented Arcader UwU. “I remember when I used it to download Chrome with every Windows update,” Hrishikesh Pardeshi quipped.

“This browser looks old and outdated these days, but back then everyone needed it,” attempted TheCool_ColdMan.

Microsoft has indicated June 15, 2022 as the fateful date when there will be no more technical support for Internet Explorer.

But sites designed for this browser will run on Edge at least until 2029, the Seattle firm has promised, especially because many organizations “have a surprisingly large number of websites” based on the old technology.

“Companies have an average of 1,678 legacy applications,” says Microsoft.

Chrome, Google’s browser, holds nearly 65% ​​of the global market share, according to Statscounter. Safari, that of Apple, available on computers and other devices of the brand, comes in second position with almost 19% of the shares in April 2021.

Firefox, from the Mozilla Foundation, and Edge, are in third and fourth position (3.59% and 3.39%).


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