Microsoft officially ends support for Internet Explorer for Mac on December 31, 2005

Microsoft has posted “Important Information For Microsoft Internet Explorer for Mac Users” on their “Mactopia” website:

In June 2003, the Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit announced that Internet Explorer for Mac would undergo no further development, and support would cease in 2005. In accordance with published support lifecycle policies, Microsoft will end support for Internet Explorer for Mac on December 31st, 2005, and will provide no further security or performance updates.

Additionally, as of January 31st, 2006, Internet Explorer for the Mac will no longer be available for download from Mactopia. It is recommended that Macintosh users migrate to more recent web browsing technologies such as Apple’s Safari.

More info about Apple’s Safari web browser:

MacDailyNews Take: If you use Internet Explorer for the Mac as your primary browser, it’s long past time to give up the ghost. For the .025% of MacDailyNews visitors still coming here via IE for Mac, please get a real browser already, you really are scaring us!

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U.S. Copyright Office: is it okay if our new website only works with Internet Explorer? – August 11, 2005
Security report shows Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was unsafe for all but seven days of 2004 – March 22, 2005
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continues to lose share; Firefox, Safari, others show gains – January 20, 2005
Penn State’s IT Services recommends dumping Microsoft Internet Explorer immediately – December 09, 2004
Security expert: Don’t use Microsoft Windows, Office, Outlook, Internet Explorer – December 09, 2004
German Federal Office for Information Security: Internet users should ditch Internet Explorer – September 13, 2004
Securty expert: Microsoft Internet Explorer ‘just cannot be trusted, use alternate browser’ – July 02, 2004
Security firm warns of new Internet Explorer flaw, advises ‘use a different browser’ – July 01, 2004
Microsoft axes Internet Explorer for Mac – June 13, 2003


  1. Truly a piece of crapware, however I’m sure someone in the ‘media’ will catch wind of this and spin it into another anti-Mac article just like they did when Adobe stopped making Premeire.

  2. Maybe someday, we’ll also see the following message from Microsoft:

    “It is recommended that Windows users migrate to more recent operating system technologies such as Apple’s OS X.”

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