San Francisco: Microsoft said it will phase out Internet Explorer, which was created more than 25 years ago. Because people use competitors such as Google’s Chrome or Apple’s Safari, the browser is now basically obsolete.
“We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge,” the company said in a blog post Wednesday, referring to its other browser.
“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,” Microsoft said.
People ribbed Internet Explorer in tweets on Thursday.
“RIP Internet Explorer, I never used it, but after it dies we can’t make fun of it anymore,” wrote someone with the handle Arcader UwU.
“I still fondly remember how I used it to download Chrome on every new Windows system,” said Hrishikesh Pardeshi.
“This browser might seem old and outdated nowadays, but back in the day, everyone needed it. RIP Internet Explorer 1995-2022,” said someone called TheCool_ColdMan.
Microsoft said that from June 15, 2022, Internet Explorer will be eliminated and will no longer be supported by the company.
Microsoft said that Internet Explorer-based websites and applications will not be compatible with Edge until at least 2029, because many organizations’ websites are based on browsers that are now defunct.
Statscounter said that Google’s Chrome browser controls 65% of the market. Safari, created by Apple and available on Apple computers and devices, has a market share of nearly 19% as of April this year, ranking second.
Firefox and Edge ranked third and fourth with 3.59% and 3.39% respectively.