Microsoft Announces Retirement Of Internet Explorer

 

Microsoft said it is retiring Internet Explorer, the browser it created more than 25 years and which is now largely abandoned as people instead use competitors like Google’s Chrome or Apple’s Safari.

“We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge,” the company said in a blog post Wednesday, referring to its other browser.

“Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications,” Microsoft said.

People ribbed Internet Explorer in tweets on Thursday.

“RIP Internet Explorer, I never used it, but after it dies we can’t make fun of it anymore,” wrote someone with the handle Arcader UwU.

“I still fondly remember how I used it to download Chrome on every new Windows system,” said Hrishikesh Pardeshi.

“This browser might seem old and outdated nowadays, but back in the day, everyone needed it. RIP Internet Explorer 1995-2022,” said someone called TheCool_ColdMan.

Microsoft said that as of June 15, 2022 Internet Explorer will be retired and no longer be supported by the company.

But Internet Explorer-based websites and applications will work with Edge at least until 2029, Microsoft said, because many organizations have websites based on the now-doomed browser.

Chrome, Google’s browser, controls 65 percent of the market, said Statscounter. Safari, created by Apple and available on Apple computers and devices, is second with nearly a 19 percent market share as of April of this year.

Firefox and Edge are in third and fourth place with 3.59 percent and 3.39 percent respectively.

 

Samsung,Google launch Chromebook

Google has unveiled a new Samsung Chromebook, which is now available for pre-order for £229.

The ARM-based Chromebook includes an 11.6in, 1,366 x 768 displays. It weighs in at 1.1kg and is 0.8in thin. Google promised over 6.5 hours of battery life and 100GB of Google Drive cloud storage for two years.

The device includes a VGA camera and ports for USB 2.0 and 3.0, as well as HDMI. There’s built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 compatibility.

The Samsung Chromebook runs an ARM Cortex A15 processor known as the Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Processor. Its predecessor, the Samsung Chromebook 550, runs an Intel Core processor.

Chromebooks made their debut in May 2011. They tap into the cloud, allowing you to sign in with your Google account and start working no matter which Chromebook you fire up. The Series 5 Chromebook 550 was released earlier this year for £370, and saw a price drop earlier this week.

That’s where the new Samsung Chromebook comes in, Google said today.

Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president for Chrome & Apps at Google said that in order to have one, two or more computers around the house, they need to be easy to use and much more affordable. So together with Samsung, we designed a new laptop—the new Samsung Chromebook for $249 [£229] – the computer for everyone.

Pichai promised a 10-second bootup and instant resume.

High-resolution videos (in 1080p) are beautiful to watch and when using the touchpad, you’ll notice smooth scrolling due to a hardware-accelerated user interface.