Microsoft Internet Explorer deserved to die. Or at least get rid of the pain. The 27-year-old browser has long been mired in performance and security issues, and Microsoft has completely switched to its Edge browser. (While almost other switched to Google Chrome.)
Microsoft officially killed the beleaguered IE last year, though its ghostly presence still lingers on Windows PCs around the world. In an attempt to collect the remains, Microsoft began automatic deletion instances of Internet Explorer from users’ computers. The Edge browser software update, which began rolling out this week, will permanently disable Internet Explorer 11 on any Windows PC that still has it installed.
In a way, this is a fitting ending. Microsoft had a habit of imposing Internet Explorer on just about everything, to the point where the practice caused a federal outcry. antitrust lawsuit against the company in 1998. Going in and forcibly uninstalling software seems like a typically overbearing end to the cycle.
Of course, everything is made of stardust, and the fragmented remnants of Internet Explorer will continue to exist in one form or another. Visual elements of the browser, such as its icons and shortcuts, will remain on desktops until a Windows update later this year replaces them as well, and Microsoft says it will. support some major Internet Explorer compatibility features in the Edge browser until 2029.
And here is some other technical news.
Channels on Instagram
Instagram is getting a new broadcasting feature called “Channels” that allows individual accounts to send messages directly to followers who choose to follow. Parent company of Instagram Meta announced this feature (itself a clone of a similar feature in Telegram) this week, and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerburg showed off the first instance of it.
Channels work like a kind of one-way group chat. One account posts content, whether it’s a photo, video, or text message, and followers can respond with emoji or participate in surveys. This feature is currently in early testing and only a few users can experiment with it. Channels are also available through Facebook messengeragain within limited early testing.
Where is your god now? Crocs in the style of Minecraft are quite real.
“Create like you do, in total Crocs comfort,” the chaotic collaboration screams. commercial copy.
Also announced on Microsoft official website, a well-known fashion shoe brand, has partnered with a voxel-making game to release four pairs of shoes, from high-top clogs to simple flip-flops. The comfortable sneaker is styled in Minecraft’s signature green and brown color palette and can come with detachable charms in the shape of classic Minecraft characters like “Steve” and “Pig”. They are both real and available for purchase.
If you’ve spent more than one second online this week, you’ve noticed that chatbots are everywhere. They generate endless artwork and conversations, and inspire crowded conferences filled with marketing evangelism and AI freestyle raps. Chatbots can now even help with online searches and are sometimes inferior existential panic attacks in progress. (They are just like us!)
Microsoft has revitalized its floundering Bing search engine by deploying a generative AI bot to guide people through searches. Not to be outdone, Google has been quick to announce its own search bot called Bard. This is the biggest rivalry in the increasingly competitive AI ecosystem right now.