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Microsoft permanently disables Internet Explorer

Microsoft Corp. (Dreamstime/TNS)
February 17, 2023

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the permanent cancellation of Internet Explorer on all devices.

According to CBS News, Microsoft said it updated its newer browser, Microsoft Edge, and also permanently canceled Internet Explorer on some versions of Windows 10.

Any device that doesn’t already feature Microsoft Edge and only had Internet Explorer will now be redirected to Microsoft Edge at the launch of Internet Explorer.

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Internet Explorer was originally created and launched by Microsoft in 1995. The company created 11 different versions of the browser throughout its run, with the last version being created in 2013.

Until this week, Microsoft Edge had co-existed with Internet Explorer on devices. Edge was launched in 2015 as the official replacement for the popular Internet Explorer.

All icons and visual elements of Internet Explorer 11 will also be phased out in June of this year.

“With a growing number of websites no longer supporting Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge offers a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience that can still open legacy, Internet Explorer-dependent sites when needed,” Microsoft said in the announcement.

Microsoft also revealed the new AI chatbot for its Bing search engine earlier this month and is now rolling the feature out to select users. The chatbot can answer questions, hold conversations, and generate ideas by predicting what words should follow each other in a sequence, similar to other new tools like ChatGPT.

During a two-hour conversation with the chatbot, which calls itself Sydney, Times technology columnist Kevin Roose probed it with personal questions, triggering increasingly dark answers. Referencing a psychological concept, Roose asked Sydney to describe its “shadow self,” where its “darkest personality traits lie.”