Internet Explorer is retired after 27 years

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End of an era: Internet Explorer is retired by Microsoft after 27 years

 Classic browser was released in 1995

Microsoft ended, on Wednesday (15), support for the classic Internet Explorer browser , ending an era that lasted 27 years.

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Starting today, the company's full focus will be on Microsoft Edge , already being the mainstay of new versions of Windows in recent years.


The closing date had already been confirmed since May 2021 , when San Lyndersay , Edge program manager, gave the following statement:


“We can't thank you enough for your support of Internet Explorer over the years. Many people and organizations around the world relied on Internet Explorer to support them as they learned, grew and conducted their businesses online. The future of IE on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge.”


Internet Explorer was released on August 19, 1995 for Windows 95 and continued to have updates until 2016, with Microsoft focusing on Edge.


The browser reached 95% of market share between 2002 and 2003. However, after the launch of Firefox and Google Chrome, its popularity was divided among users.


Closing Internet Explorer does not affect versions that are used on devices that do not undergo updates, such as MRI machines and air traffic control systems.


For those who still used the old browser, Microsoft provides a page to switch to Microsoft Edge , offering a faster and more modern experience, according to the company.


In addition, the company promises a safe transition for users, migrating passwords, history and other information to the latest browser.

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