It's official - Microsoft marketing chief Chris Capossela confirmed that the company will be phasing out the Internet Explorer brand, in favor of a new browser codenamed Project Spartan. So yes, internet - after years and years of complaints and jokes, Internet Explorer is finally being put out of its misery. Sadly, this is coming at a time when the browser has gained back a lot of cred that it once lost, and may have been able to stage a comeback, with many users fleeing Chrome.

Still, the damage of those years and years of slowness, bugginess, and general crappiness were too much for IE to shed - it's downward spiral over the years is well-documented and appears to have no end in sight. So now it's dead, and we felt it was only right to give it a proper send-off.

 

 

How bad were things for IE? Even Microsoft employees had Chrome ready-to-go in public.

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via theverge

 

The less people used it, the fewer murders happened. Hard to prove a direct correlation, but still. Ouch.

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via altonncf

 

Desktop wallpapers were SUPER mean to the poor li'l IE icon.

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via ricardoduelos

 

The internet equated it to a Bidoof, basically.

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via b1ane2010

 

You can't blame Internet Explorer for getting a little bit, um, desperate towards the end.

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via kekoa_ok

 

Especially when the Browser Wars were viewed like this by pretty much everyone...

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via shoze

 

And UrbanDictionary confirmed what we all knew to be true.

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via urbandictionary

 

Sure, it would usually get filled with all sorts of weird toolbars, and nothing ever loaded well, and the interface was typically less elegant than its competition - but it tried its best.

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via taminator

 

And to many dads, grandparents, aunts, really little kids, and people in cubicles where the company policy prevented them from using other browsers, IE was their only gateway to the internet, and thus a pretty big help.

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via sankakucomplex

 

Internet Explorer, 1995 - 2015

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