Last nail in the coffin for Mac Internet Explorer

Microsoft has announced plans to officially end support for and distribution of its Internet Explorer Web browser for Mac OS.

“Important information for Microsoft Internet Explorer for Mac users,” reads a bulletin posted to Microsoft’s “Mactopia” Web site.

“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,” said Microsoft.

What’s more, Microsoft said that by the end of January, it will no longer make Internet Explorer available for download from the Mactopia Web site, either.

The company recommends that Mac users who still use Internet Explorer “migrate to more recent web browsing technologies such as Apple’s Safari.”

Microsoft's Amanda Lefebvre said in an interview on Tuesday with Macworld that even though resources were not being used for the development of Ineternet Explorer, the official announcement would allow the organization to focus more on their core products.

Lefebvre also said that things are going really well between Microsoft and Apple.

Update: Added information from interview with Microsoft. 12/20/05 2:30 pm ET. Jim Dalrymple

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