The Internet Explorer from Microsoft deserved to perish. Or at the very least to end its suffering.

Performance and security issues have plagued the 27-year-old browser for a while, and Microsoft has completely shifted to its Edge counterpart. Almost everyone else has switched to Google Chrome.

Last year, Microsoft formally put an end to the troubled IE, but it is still present on Windows PCs all over the globe. Microsoft has now started automatically removing instances of Internet Explorer from users’ computers in an attempt to scrape up the leftovers. Internet Explorer 11 will be permanently disabled on any Windows machine that still has it installed thanks to a software upgrade for the Edge browser that started rolling out this week.

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It ends appropriately in a certain sense. In 1998, a federal collusion lawsuit was filed against Microsoft as a result of its propensity to force Internet Explorer into almost everything. Forcefully removing the software feels like a typical overbearing way to terminate the cycle.

Naturally, since everything is composed of stardust, Internet Explorer’s fragmented remains will endure in some capacity. Microsoft claims that it will maintain some basic Internet Explorer compatibility features within the Edge browser until 2029. Visual elements of the browser, such as its icons and shortcuts, will stay on desktops until a Windows update scheduled for later this year zaps those as well.


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