RIP Explorer: Microsoft’s web browser retired

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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser was retired after more than a quarter century on the world’s computer screens

Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s once dominant web browser that some users love to hate, was retired Wednesday after 27 years on the world’s computer screens.

The tech giant will no longer offer fixes or updates to the existing version of Explorer and users will be directed to its replacement, Microsoft Edge.

“You took long to download stuff, you kept freezing, and you got replaced pretty easily by other browsers,” tweeted @Zytrux_1, under the hashtag #ripinternetexplorer.

Twitter was flooded with Explorer memes, including tombstones or coffins bearing the browser’s signature blue “e,” and the occasional screenshot of error messages saying the app had stopped working.

“Internet Explorer (IE) is officially retired and out of support as of today,” the firm wrote.

– Antitrust battle –

The ubiquity of Microsoft’s operating system became a route also for Explorer to steadily become the default for many users.

The case was concluded with a settlement in November 2001 that imposed no financial penalty, but forced billionaire Bill Gates’s software giant to disclose more technical information and barred anti-competitive agreements on Microsoft products.

Microsoft’s market share in the browser business plunged from more than 90 percent in the 2000s to the low single digits this year.

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Originally published as RIP Explorer: Microsoft’s web browser retired


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