Microsoft Corp yesterday said it was readying to hammer the final nail in the coffin of the Macintosh version of its Internet Explorer browser.
On its Mactopia download site, Microsoft said it would end support for Mac IE on December 31. That means no more security or performance updates. And, on January 31, the software giant will yank Mac IE from its web site, so it can no longer be downloaded.
It is recommended that Macintosh users migrate to more recent web browsing technologies such as Apple’s Safari, Microsoft said.
The move comes as no surprise. Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit first announced in June 2003 that it would halt development on Mac IE and would cease to support it in 2005.
Many Mac users already use rival browsers, including Apple Computer Inc’s Safari. IE has long been criticized by the Mac community for its lack of standards conformity.
The only potential problem would be seen by Mac users that try to visit web sites that have only been tested to work with IE.