Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser has retired after 25 years of existence, truly signalling the end of an era.
While Gen Z circulates several memes mocking the datedness of Microsoft’s search engine that ushered in a new age of Internet exploration for an entire generation, many reminisced about the first time they used the Internet with its aid.
Nostalgia aside, Microsoft was aware of the time that has passed, calling its flagship search engine one ‘from an older era—quirky in behaviour and lacking the security of a modern browser,’ in the age of Google.
The Edge browser, which launched for Windows 10 and Xbox One back in 2015, has not quite enjoyed the mainstream search market dominated by Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari.As
As of now, there will be an Internet Explorer mode built into Edge, for use with applications that are only supported by Explorer.
Opening Internet Explorer will progressively redirect users to the IE mode.
Users will also continue to see the Internet Explorer icon on their devices, as a legacy touch.
Eventually, Internet Explorer will be disabled permanently as part of a future Windows Update, at which point the Internet Explorer icons on users’ devices will be removed, ending the IE era.
Microsoft has committed to supporting IE mode in Microsoft Edge through at least 2029.