A giant wail of pain went up from the Macintosh community today as Microsoft announced today that support for Internet Explorer would end at the stroke of midnight on December 31st, 2005.
“Nooooooooooo!” cried Mac user Jim Frier of Minneapolis, rending his garments. “Not Internet Explorer! Waaaaah!!!
“There is no god!” Frier spat, slapping his Bible off the table derisively.
Adding insult to injury, Microsoft has further announced that it will no longer offer Explorer for the Macintosh for download after January.
Former Explorer user Alex Weinmann of Laurel, MD, lamented the move.
“I can’t believe that my children won’t be able to enjoy the experience of text not wrapping correctly or intermittent double spacing. Not to mention the huge text modulus bug.
“Those were good times. Good times. And now… all these… moments… will be lost in time. Like… tears in rain…”
A somber Apple CEO Steve Jobs paid tribute to the aging, clunking relic.
“As I said five years ago, it’s my browser of choice,” Jobs said, shaking his head sadly.
“After Safari, of course.
“And… um… that other one. Whatzitz. Opus? No. Opera! Opera. I’ve never actually used Opera but, um, I imagine I’d probably choose it before I’d choose Explorer.
“But, then, I probably choose getting whacked over the head with a sock full of nickels before I’d choose Explorer.
“But, still,” Jobs concluded, pulling the corners of his mouth down with each index finger to pantomime sadness, “Quite sad.”
While many in the Macintosh community wondered if there would be a service for Explorer, Microsoft is reportedly just taking out back of its Redmond campus, shooting it, and dumping it in a shallow unmarked grave.