RIP Internet Explorer: Microsoft’s Legacy Browser Is Now Gone for Good

Microsoft ended assist for Web Explorer on Wednesday, placing its getting older internet browser out to pasture after almost 27 years. A South Korean software program engineer marked the second by spending 430,000 received ($330) on a gravestone emblazoned with Web Explorer’s stylized “e” brand and a cheeky engraving, Reuters reported.

“He was a superb device to obtain different browsers,” it reads, referring to the joke that folks solely used the dated Web Explorer to put in extra trendy ones like Google Chrome.

The tip of assist got here greater than a 12 months after the corporate mentioned that its Web Explorer 11 Home windows 10 desktop app could be retired in favor of Microsoft Edge.

“Not solely is Microsoft Edge a quicker, safer and extra trendy looking expertise than Web Explorer, however additionally it is capable of tackle a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy web sites and purposes,” Microsoft mentioned of its newer browser, which launched in 2015, in a weblog submit.

The primary model of Web Explorer was included in a Home windows 95 Plus improve pack in 1995. 

It was as soon as the most well-liked internet browser, reportedly having 95% of the market in 2003. Utilization dropped as rivals like Chrome rose and Microsoft made the Chromium-powered Edge its default browse. StatCounter indicated it is lately held round 0.5% of the market.

The transfer away from Web Explorer resulted in technical issues in Japan, the place some companies and authorities businesses operated web sites solely appropriate with the the previous browser, based on Nikkei. They had been apparently conscious of the shift to Edge, however procrastinated in taking motion and plenty of searching for assist from software program developer Pc Engineering & Consulting.

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