As part of recent updates to the Edge browser, Microsoft has disabled the use of Internet Explorer on certain versions of Windows.
Microsoft recognizes that there has been a stagnation of its Internet Explorer browser, which could lead to its forced elimination. After 27 years, where different performance and safety problems have been observed, it was time for a change. The firm has now turned its attention to the Edge browser, somewhat late considering that the market is in the hands of Google Chrome.
Although the elimination began last year, Internet Explorer still continues to make its presence felt on our desktop computers. Of course, this is latent as long as these PCs are running Windows, one of the most widely used operating systems worldwide. Recent software updates to the Edge browser will gradually disable Internet Explorer 11.
Internet Explorer and the expected end
For more than two decades, Microsoft had a habit of forcing almost everything to use its browser. This situation led to a federal antitrust lawsuit against the company in 1998. The company’s decision to deliberately remove the program cannot be understood as anything other than an authoritarian feature. This is the end of a cycle in which the company never had a good dialogue with users.
Of course, as part of that stardust of programs, the fragmented remains of Internet Explorer will still be present in some form. Everything indicates that, minimally, the visual elements will remain on our computers until an upcoming Windows update. We are talking about shortcuts and different icons that will remain on our PC. Microsoft is expected to support some basic cross-browser compatibility features until 2029.
Other technological innovations
Instagram has been working on a new feature that has been dubbed Channels. This way, individual accounts will be able to send messages directly to their followers during a transmission. Meta, parent company of this application, made the announcement of this feature that resembles an existing one in Telegram. The channels have a function similar to a one-way group chat.
When an account makes a post with some type of content, followers can respond with their emoji reactions or answer polls. The feature is still in early testing at this time. This means that few users are able to experiment with it. Channels are also available through Facebook Messenger, bearing in mind that they are still limited preliminary tests.
Chatbots are gaining space everywhere and Microsoft was not going to miss the opportunity to join this new stage of technology. That is why it has already announced that it will seek to revitalize its Bing search engine with the implementation of a generative artificial intelligence bot. The objective is to be able to guide users in the search for any information. Google is also joining this fight, with its own bot that has been named Bard. The artificial intelligence ecosystem is becoming increasingly competitive.