Finally, the time has come for Internet Explorer to retire. After more than 25 years of service, Microsoft has confirmed the irrevocable decision to shut down the browser.

Starting June 15, 2022, Internet Explorer (IE) will no longer be available to users. As part of the retirement process, IE will also be out of support.

Microsoft confirmed the information in a press release published today on Windows Blogs, roughly a year after the initial announcement.

The long, slow, and painful death of Internet Explorer

The fact that IE is one of the oldest web browsers to date makes its long-overdue retirement understandable.

Released in August 1995, Microsoft’s solution for online browsing quickly sparked the first “Browser War” with Netscape’s Navigator.

However, as time went by, the tables turned. IE became widely regarded as inferior compared to competitors like Google Chrome, Safari, and even Firefox.

Indeed, IE was viewed as an internet staple in the late 1990s and early 2000s. But its glory days have been long gone for years now.

Due to its significant lack of speed and technical difficulties, the vast majority of users have migrated to more modern browser alternatives.

Shortly after the news came out Wednesday morning, the hashtags #InternetExplorer and #RIPInternetExplorer began trending on Twitter.

Some people reacted by saying good riddance, and others posted memes.

Nevertheless, many Twitter users expressed nostalgia and gratitude for Internet Explorer as the first browser they used.

Moving forward, the company that currently holds the #14 spot on the Fortune 500 list plans to focus on its newer browser, Microsoft Edge.

H/T: AP News

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