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    “Turtles Will Gather In Protest”: Social Media Reacts To Microsoft Retiring Internet Explorer

    It’s the end of an era! After a 27-year-long journey, Internet Explorer is going to leave Microsoft on June 15. The browser was an add-on to Windows 95 when it was released in 1995. Although, in earlier times, it was included in the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems. Later, it was provided for free as part of the package.

    It was probably the only web browser in the 90s when all the other browsers were in the dark. Over time, the development of new and much-advanced browsers resulted in Internet Explorer fading out. But now, the sudden announcement of its demise from Microsoft has started a meme fest.


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    Why Is Microsoft Pulling The Plug on Internet Explorer?


    Microsoft has finally decided to pull the plug on Internet Explorer after 27 years of service. It was the most popular browser back in the 90s and had great public support behind it. Then why did Microsoft make the decision to retire it? 2003 onwards, the browser started falling and becoming the least favorite as new browsers entered the market. The year 2013 witnessed the last and final fresh version of the browser which was version 11. Since 2016, the browser wasn’t even upgraded.

    Internet Explorer was no doubt old and not that developed compared to the new browsers that hit the market. It experienced quite a few issues as well. From hanging and freezing to general network connectivity problems, the browser had a bunch of faults. New feature development for the browser was discontinued in 2016 in favor of the new browser, Microsoft Edge. Microsoft 365 cut the support for the browser on August 17, 2021, and Microsoft Teams ended support for it on November 30, 2020. The aging browser will now finally phase-out on June 15, 2022.

    Sean Lyndersay, Microsoft Edge program manager, said “the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge. Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications.”

    He added. “Microsoft Edge has Internet Explorer mode (‘IE mode’) built-in, so you can access those legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications straight from Microsoft Edge. With Microsoft Edge capable of assuming this responsibility and more, the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10.”

    Twitter Says Final Goodbye To The Browser


    The news left users nostalgic, who took to Twitter to bid the search engine a goodbye. Many also started mocking and sharing memes about the turbulent years of the browser.


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    Shubhashree Chatterjee
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