Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is finally gone. But not everyone is a happy about it

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After 27 years as Microsoft’s Windows web browser, Internet Explorer (IE) is no longer supported. But that doesn’t mean the legacy Windows browser isn’t still in use, and despite years of warning it seems there are people that aren’t ready for the change.

It’s been just over a year since Microsoft announced it would drop support for IE on June 15, 2022. Since then it has been persuading customers to move to Edge before June 15 and use ‘IE mode’ in Edge for legacy applications and websites that need it. IE mode will be supported until at least 2029. 

Microsoft has tried to prepare customers for this event for years. In 2019, before it declared the end date for IE, Microsoft execs declared IE 11 a “compatibility solution” that should not be used as the default browser

That’s because Microsoft is well aware of how long it can take to wean users off a major version of a browser. The company retired IE6 in 2014, 14 years after that browser shipped with Windows XP, with a final patch for IE6 in January 2016. But it spent many years before that imploring businesses to ditch IE6 because of

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