Internet Explorer has been “obsolete” by Microsoft, ushering in the end of an era

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You may love it, you may hate it, but you may have grown up with it. Now, it’s gone.

As of Wednesday, tech giant Microsoft had “retired” its Internet Explorer web browser. The ubiquitous blue and white “e”, sometimes with a gold band, will disappear from computers around the world, and the internet – at least part of it – is mourning.

“I’m from the generation that started my #internet journey with IE in the early 2000s. Thanks to IE for expanding my childhood knowledge with the click of a button,” wrote A poster on Twitter where #RIPInternetExplorer is trending.

“Sorry to see it go,” tweet One; “The Last Guard,” Say other.

Many online users are nostalgic for the Web browser that launched in 1995 and dominated the dial-up Internet era for many years. other Lamented its lack of speed and said it was nice to get rid of.

“I’ll miss using Internet Explorer to just download another browser,” tease Many cited the popularity of rival browsers such as Google Chrome, Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox.

The decision went into effect Wednesday, but Microsoft announced it in a memo last year. “For some versions of Windows 10, the Internet Explorer 11 desktop app will end support on June 15, 2022,” the company said, adding separately that it will continue to support some forms of Explorer.

In its place is the browser “Microsoft Edge,” launched in 2015, which it says is “a faster, safer, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer.” “Microsoft Edge has built-in Internet Explorer mode (‘IE mode’), so you can access those legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and apps directly from Microsoft Edge, which may be a relief to some,” the company said. .”

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While this is the end of an online era for many, the shift will have real-world implications for countries, mostly in Asia, that still rely extensively on Internet Explorer for administrative matters.

In Japan, businesses are warning that the change could cause headaches in the “months” ahead, citing a Tokyo-based software developer as saying it has been inundated with requests for help from government agencies and financial institutions, according to Nikkei Asia. . The Japan Times also cited a poll that found 49 percent of 350 Japanese companies surveyed in March said they were still using Internet Explorer.

In South Korea, concerns have also been reported by some government agencies that use the browser, including the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the Korea Water Resources Corporation, according to local media.

Amar Nadhir, Min Joo Kim and Michelle Ye Hee Lee contributed to this report.

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