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Maybe you’ll love it, maybe you’ll hate it, but you’ve probably grown up with it. Now, it’s gone.
Technology giant Microsoft has “withdrawn” its Internet Explorer web browser since Wednesday. The ubiquitous blue and white “e”, sometimes with a gold band, will disappear from computers around the world, and the Internet, at least in part, is in mourning.
“I belong to the generation that started my journey on the Internet in the early 2000s through IE. Thank you IE for expanding my knowledge during childhood, at the click of a button, “wrote a poster on Twitter, where #RIPInternetExplorer was trending.
“Sad to see it go,” tweeted one person; “Last of the old guard,” said another.
Many online people felt nostalgic for the web browser that was launched in 1995 and that dominated for many years during the days of the telephone internet connection. Others lamented their lack of speed and said a good release.
“I’m going to miss using Internet Explorer to download just another browser,” one person said, as many referred to the popularity of competing browsers such as Google Chrome, Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox.
Internet Explorer will finally be shut down by Microsoft after 27 years. Thanks for helping us download other web browsers.
– Shubhangi Sharma (@ItsShubhangi) June 13, 2022
The decision went into effect Wednesday, but was announced by Microsoft in a note last year. “The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be discontinued and will no longer be supported on June 15, 2022 for certain versions of Windows 10,” the company said, adding that it will continue to support some forms of ‘Explorer.
It will be replaced by “Microsoft Edge”, a browser launched in 2015, which it said was “a faster, safer and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer”. It may be a convenience for some that “Microsoft Edge has built-in Internet Explorer mode (” IE mode “), so you can access these legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications directly from Microsoft Edge,” she said. company.
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While it is the end of an online era for many, the change will have real-life consequences in some nations, especially in Asia, which are still heavily dependent on Internet Explorer for administrative matters.
In Japan, companies have warned that the change could cause headaches “over the next few months,” Nikkei Asia reported, citing a Tokyo-based software developer who said it was inundated with requests for agency help. government and financial institutions. The Japan Times also cited a survey that found that 49% of the 350 Japanese companies surveyed in March said they still use Internet Explorer.
In South Korea, fears were also reported in some government agencies using the browser, such as the Ministry of Territory, Infrastructure and Transport and Korea Water Resources Corp., local media reported.
Amar Nadhir, Min Joo Kim and Michelle Ye Hee Lee contributed to this report.