Microsoft retires Internet Explorer

On August 16, 1995, Microsoft launched the Internet Explorer browser. The biggest hit in America at the time was Waterfalls, and the president was still Clinton. IE isn’t a perfect browser, it’s prone to crashing and it’s slow, but as part of Windows it’s the first browser used by countless people, leading them to surf the web. Microsoft’s end of support for IE caused a lot of nostalgia. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory posted , RIP, IE. You will be missed. We feel old. Michael L. Nelson, a professor of computer science at Old Dominion University, sees this as the end of an era. Sean Lyndersay, general manager of Microsoft’s Microsoft Edge Enterprise division, said that users who click on IE in the next few months will be redirected to Microsoft Edge’s IE mode, and IE will be permanently disabled in future updates, when the IE icon will also be removed. He called Edge a faster, safer and more modern browser. Microsoft’s bundling of IE in the operating system sparked an antitrust lawsuit against it, and in 2001 the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would no longer seek to break up Microsoft or require unbundling. In the years since, many IE users have switched to Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari and found them faster, safer and less crashing. They never went back to using IE.

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