Technology company Microsoft is pulling the plug on the oldest Internet Explorer after 25 years of service. Released in 1995, the search browser came as an add-on for Windows 95.
Versions after that were available as free or in-service packages. Known as the OG search browser, Internet Explorer saw its big splash in 2003 before falling off and becoming the least popular after new browsers hit the market.
However, since 2016, the company has not released any new major upgrades or new versions of Internet Explorer. Launched in 2013, Internet Explorer 11 will be the last and final version released by Microsoft.
According to Microsoft, the company will end general support for the legacy search engine, which will be rendered inoperable from June 15, 2022.
The technology company announced the retirement of Internet Explorer, saying that the future of the search engine in Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge.
“Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, safer, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, it can also address one key concern: compatibility for legacy, legacy websites and apps,” the company said in a statement.
Microsoft Edge comes with built-in Internet Explorer mode so users can access these legacy IE based websites and apps.
“We can't thank everyone enough for supporting Internet Explorer over the years. “Many individuals and organizations around the world have relied on IE to support them as they learn, grow and run businesses online,” he added.
The news that Internet Explorer has finally come to an end gave users who took to Twitter to bid farewell to the search engine an opportunity to write nostalgic memories.