Internet Explorer has been ‘discontinued’ in use by Microsoft, heralding the end of an era

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You may love him, you may hate him, but maybe you grew up with him. Now, he’s gone.

Tech giant Microsoft has “disabled” its web browser, Internet Explorer, as of Wednesday. The ubiquitous blue and white “e”, sometimes seen on a gold stripe, will disappear from computers all over the world, and the Internet – at least some – is in mourning.

“I am from the generation that started my #internet journey in the early 2000s through IE. Thank you IE for expanding my knowledge during childhood, with the click of a button” Wrote One of the posters on Twitter, where #RIPInternetExplorer was popular.

“Sad to see her go,” chirp One by one “The Last of the Old Guards” He said else.

The nostalgia of many online grew for the web browser that was launched in 1995 and was dominant for many years during the days of the dial-up internet. Aharon He regretted her lack of speed and said doomed.

“I will miss using Internet Explorer just to download another browser” aroused One individual like many pointed to the popularity of competing browsers such as Google Chrome, Apple’s Safari, and Mozilla’s Firefox.

The decision went into effect on Wednesday, but Microsoft announced it in a note last year. “Internet Explorer 11 desktop app will be discontinued and will be out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10,” the company said, separately adding that it will continue to support some variants of Explorer.

It will be replaced by “Microsoft Edge,” a browser launched in 2015, which it said was “a faster, more secure and modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer.” It may be convenient for some that “Microsoft Edge has Internet Explorer mode (“IE mode”) built in, so you can access legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and apps directly from Microsoft Edge,” the company said.

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Although it is the end of the Internet era for many, this shift will have realistic consequences in some countries, mostly in Asia, which still rely on Internet Explorer extensively for administrative affairs.

In Japan, companies have warned that the change could cause headaches “for months” to come, Nikkei Asia reported, citing a Tokyo-based software developer who said he was inundated with requests for help from government agencies and financial institutions. The Japan Times also cited a survey that found that 49 percent of the 350 Japanese companies surveyed in March said they still use Internet Explorer.

Local South Korean media have also reported concerns in some government agencies using the browser, including the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Korea Water Resources Corporation.

Ammar Nazir, Joo Kim, and Michelle Yi Hee Lee contributed to this report.

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