“We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge,” the company said in a blog post-Wednesday, referring to its other browser.
“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,” Microsoft said.
People ribbed Internet Explorer in tweets on Thursday.
“RIP Internet Explorer, I never used it, but after it dies we can’t make fun of it anymore,” wrote someone with the handle Arcader UwU.
“I still fondly remember how I used it to download Chrome on every new Windows system,” said Hrishikesh Pardeshi.
“This browser might seem old and outdated nowadays, but back in the day, everyone needed it. RIP Internet Explorer 1995-2022,” said someone called TheCool_ColdMan.
Launched in 1995, Internet Explorer became the dominant browser for over a decade as it was bundled with Microsoft’s Windows operating system that came pre-installed in billions of computers.
The bundling led to an antitrust case against Microsoft, with a U.S. judge deciding that the software titan had broken the law after it combined Internet Explorer and the Windows operating system.
The most serious violations of the law were upheld on appeal, but the company continued to bundle its operating system and browser.
IE began losing market share to Google’s Chrome browser in the 2000s
Chrome, Google’s browser, now controls 65 percent of the market, said Statscounter. Safari, created by Apple and available on Apple computers and devices, is second with nearly a 19 percent market share as of April of this year.
Firefox and Edge are in third and fourth place with 3.59 percent and 3.39 percent respectively.