After 27 years, Microsoft will finally retire Internet Explorer. Thank you for assisting us with the download of additional web browsers.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser has been "retired" as of Wednesday.

The ubiquitous blue and white "e," with a gold band on occasion, will be phased out of computers around the world, and the internet — at least some of it — will be in mourning.

"Microsoft Edge," a browser released in 2015, will take its place, claiming to provide "a quicker, more secure, and more contemporary surfing experience than Internet Explorer.

"Microsoft Edge has Internet Explorer mode ('IE mode') built in," the company noted, "so you can browse those legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications straight from Microsoft Edge."

The decision took effect on Wednesday, but Microsoft revealed it in a memo last year. "On June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10

The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be decommissioned and support will end," the company said, adding that it will continue to support select versions of Explorer.