Microsoft's web browser that nobody but your mom used is being retired after 20 long, maddening years. The only good that ever came out of it was that nostalgic 90s commercial (above) they did a couple of years back.
It's loss is due to Microsoft rebranding their web browser when they launch Windows 10, currently codenamed Project Spartan (after the super soldiers in Halo). "We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10,” said Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s head of marketing, when speaking at the Microsoft Convergence. "We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing."
Internet Explorer first came onto the web browsing scene way back in 1995, and has since built up quite the reputation. IE will not completely disappear though as many business admin systems and older software programs require it—so it will live on, unsupported, clutching to whatever virtual life it can.
It ceased to be a respected web browser long ago (if it ever was, perhaps by default) and instead had become a figure of mockery. As can be seen from people's sarcastic goodbyes on twitter.
So long! And thanks but no thanks for all those times you froze and caused us to scream until we were blue in the face.