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Microsoft officially ends IE Mac development and support


Microsoft has begun to advise Mac users of Internet Explorer (IE) to switch to rival browsers such as Apple's Safari, according to a report by BBC News.

"Microsoft initially said it had stopped work on the browser in June," according to the report. "No more security updates will be provided as from the New Year."

The browser itself will be removed from Microsoft's Mactopia site and no longer be available for download beginning January 31, 2006. Microsoft had been developing a version of IE 6/7 for Mac OS X before canning the project in June.

On its website Microsoft recommends that Mac users switch to "more recent web browsing technologies such as Apple's Safari".