Tech giant Microsoft announced it has decided to shut down Internet Explorer after 25 years and prompted a range of responses from people on social media, given for many it was the first browser they ever used.
Microsoft has announced that its apps and services will stop supporting Internet Explorer 11 on August 17, 2021. It will be dropping support for its existing legacy version of Microsoft Edge on March 9, 2021. Microsoft Teams web app will also no longer be supported on the browser from the end of November 2020.
Many on social media bid the explorer goodbye with memes and jokes. Some said they’d miss using the browser to download competitor Google Chrome, while other joked about its slow speed, something it has been criticised for over decades.
— Devyane Roy (@RoyDevyane) August 21, 2020
Just in: Google slows down, as a tribute to Internet Explorer.#InternetExplorer
— Sukechetu (@lalchutney) August 21, 2020
— Fullstack HQ (@fullstackhq) August 21, 2020
— Cashew (@Cashew_tweets) August 21, 2020
— Atrang.samaaj (@atrangsamaaj) August 21, 2020
*Microsoft to shut down internet explorer in 2021*
— Yashi Goel (@monsterous__me) August 21, 2020
— Abhijeet Dave (@dave_abhijeet) August 21, 2020
— Lakshya Dhillon (@heylakshya) August 21, 2020
— Kishor Pawar (@iskishor) August 21, 2020
#InternetExplorer to be discontinued by Microsoft
Sad day for me
— स्वदेशी इंटरनेट एक्सप्लोरर
(@explorerhoon) August 20, 2020
I am gonna
I am gonna miss
I am gonna miss you
Sorry for slow loading but I was a fan of Internet Explorer.
— The Barnacle (@thebarnaclle) August 20, 2020
By 2025, #InternetExplorer will realise that it has been shut down in the year 2021.
— Confused Architect
(@Paankaj23) August 20, 2020
— SATYAM PANDEY (@__satyampandey7) August 21, 2020
— Peter P. Phillips
Host of FAQTORONTO Podcast. (@PlatinumPhilips) August 20, 2020
— Saif Ali Ansari (@I_am_saifali) August 21, 2020
For the remaining users of Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft has added a new Internet Explorer legacy mode in the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. Internet Explorer was one of the first-ever browsers and was used by people across the globe. It once had a usage share of 95 per cent of internet users which has since declined significantly since alternatives like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome arrived.