People are mourning the death of Internet Explorer as Microsoft pull the plug after 25 years

Joanna Taylor
Wednesday 19 August 2020 12:45
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Internet Explorer is finally being shut down after 25 years. To absolutely nobody's surprise, it took its time...

Some people were sorry to say goodbye to the once ubiquitous browser.

But others are pretty sure we can all live without it.

Internet Explorer will no longer be supported by Microsoft after the 17 August 2021.

Hopefully the news will have caught up to it by then.

Given the predominance of Microsoft's more recent browsers, Edge and Chrome, Explorer's demise might feel long overdue.

But there was a time when Explorer was the way to access the internet.

After its launch in 1995, Explorer became the most widely used browser in the world. In 2003, it had a 95 per cent usage share of web traffic.

90s kids remember...

Few people continue to use Internet Explorer, particularly because it isn't supported by Android or iOS. It's also no longer the default browser on Windows products.

Even in the early 2010s people mocked Explorer for being old and slow.

Remember when memes looked like this?

Now, like Blockbuster or beanie babies, it's generally regarded as a relic of the recent past.

People still make jokes about it being slow, though.

Perhaps Explorer's time had come.

I don't know how to tell you this, but Internet Explorer is older than Kylie Jenner, Timotheé Chalamet and Zendaya.

But we'll sort of miss it all the same.

Goodnight, sweet prince.

We'll miss you more than Clippy, that's for sure.

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