(RoyalPatriot.com )- After nearly 30 years, Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer and prepping Microsoft Edge, the new search engine for Windows 10.
Internet Explorer, which went on sale on August 24, 1995, was the leading online browser until the early 2000s when it began to lose ground to rivals like Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome.
2013 saw the last of Internet Explorer’s upgrades. This Wednesday, the browser will cease to function after 27 years.
Microsoft urged its users to switch to their new browser in 2020 when they announced that Internet Explorer would be no more.
In a blog post published last year, Microsoft said that Edge would replace Internet Explorer as the default browser on Windows 10.
“Microsoft Edge can solve a crucial concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications. Microsoft Edge is a quicker, more secure, and more contemporary browsing experience than Internet Explorer,” they said.
Users can still access Internet Explorer-based “legacy” websites and features thanks to Microsoft Edge’s built-in Internet Explorer mode.
The IT behemoth explained that they appreciate everyone’s support of Internet Explorer throughout the years. To help them learn, develop, and conduct business online, many individuals and organizations throughout the world have relied on IE.
Internet Explorer is still ubiquitous among Windows users, according to Digital Trends. Forty-seven percent of Windows 10 computers still utilize Internet Explorer, according to Lansweeper research, while 79 percent use outdated versions of Windows 10.
However, Digital Trends cautioned that because of outdated technology, those who continue to use older versions of Internet Explorer might be more susceptible to cyberattacks; the danger may be reduced by using Microsoft Edge.
But some nostalgia is associated with the end of the Internet Explorer era. Twitter users farewell by sharing memes and videos of their memories.
As Twitter users joked that Internet Explorer was occasionally noted for its enormous lag time, one user jokingly published the news accompanied by a picture of a notorious IE pop-up.
Another tweeter said they hadn’t used IE in years, but it was the browser they used most throughout his childhood. It will mark the end of an era, whether you liked or disliked Internet Explorer.