Engineers mourn the death of Internet Explorer • The Register


Internet Explorer breathed its last for many users this week, and netizens watched its passing in their own way.

A joker chose to celebrate the passing of the former web bigwig with a tombstone where you could go to pay homage to the malign influence wielded by the browser.

Others, like actor and gin pitcher Ryan Reynolds, tweeted the hashtag #BringBackInternetExplorer. No. Please, no.

Reynolds, however, plays the dead Pool character who stands out for his ability not to die. The same could be said for Internet Explorer, which will live on both the long-term servicing release of Windows as well as parts of the core operating system that Microsoft dare not push too hard.

The dead Pool the sequel was Deadpool 2. Internet Explorer used to be Edge, and frankly, the less said about it, the better. After all, Microsoft tried to kill that too. Edge is dead, long live Chromium Edge and all that.

The meme machine worked overtime for Internet Explorer’s farewell, and there was a reminder of the browser’s greatest hits (or most common message) on many social media feeds.

Microsoft’s Edge team stepped in, though to our eyes that beige box looks to everyone like an Amiga 1000, abandoned long before Internet Explorer clouded the desktop. PCs of similar design have appeared over the years, but that’s not possible…is it?

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Overall, the death of Internet Explorer was mourned because one could mark the end of an era without really remembering all the lows to go along with the highs. Engineers forced to work around the browser’s many weaknesses were undoubtedly dancing on its grave, even though in recent years the vast majority of users have turned it on for just one thing:

And even this remaining task has been taken over by Edge in recent years. No flowers. ®


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