After 27 years, Microsoft has retired Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer officially retires Thursday. NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Margaret O’Mara, professor at the University of Washington, about the embattled web browser’s long history.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

I am pleased to announce that no one will ever again have to tell Internet Explorer, no, I don’t want you to be my default browser because after 27 years, Microsoft retired Explorer today. For many of us, it was an early online relationship, kind of like a starter marriage. But as the internet grew, so did competition. And today, even though it’s a punch line in the U.S., many people in other parts

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