RIP Internet Explorer, and thanks for all the memes
Microsoft is sending the always memeable Internet Explorer finally to the grave this week. A year ago, the company announced its intention to retire the application, and starting today, it will stop supporting the 27-year-old era-defining browser.
Microsoft, instead, will direct users to its Edge browser that launched in 2015, according to AP. To help with the transition, Microsoft has provided tips and guides to help users adjust to Edge (check out PopSci‘s intro to Edge here). The company is also migrating users data such as passwords and favorites, history, and cookies to Edge. Microsoft stated that it will permanently disable Internet Explorer in a future upgrade and remove the icon from users’ devices.
“We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge is faster, safer, and more modern than Internet Explorer. It can also address a key concern: compatibility with older, legacy websites, and applications,” Sean Lyndersay (general manager of Microsoft Edge Enterprise) wrote in the announcement last January.
Lyndersay stated that Edge can better support legacy and modern websites, has more advanced in-browser capabilities, and has improved security. First released in 1995, Internet Explorer, on the other hand, has been notoriously buggy and easy-to-hack.
” In today’s evolving security landscape, it is also important that Microsoft Edge be more agile when responding security vulnerabilities.” Lyndersay wrote. “While Internet Explorer 11 packaged security updates monthly, Microsoft Edge can issue security patches for immediate vulnerabilities within days, if not hours.”
Internet Explorer now joins other famed old-school products from its generation, like the iPod, in the legacy tech memorial, living on only as bytes of our collective memory.
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