Mozilla sent Microsoft a cake for the death of Internet Explorer

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Internet Explorer was officially retired in June, which was a happy occasion for almost everyone in the tech industry. Following a long tradition of sending cakes, Mozilla’s Firefox team sent a cake to Microsoft to celebrate the end of Internet Explorer.

Earlier today, Microsoft shared a photo of a cake it received from Mozilla’s Firefox team, complete with a large Internet Explorer logo. The cake reads, “you were the ie6ing on the cake” – spelling the frosting this way could be a little a bit of a stretch, but we’ll let it slide this time.

Web browser development teams send each other cookies is a tradition that dates back nearly a decade. Microsoft sent a cake to the Firefox team for the release of Firefox 2.0 in 2006which has continued for most new major Firefox releases – although they finally became cupcakes as browser release cycles accelerated. Mozilla sent its own cake to Microsoft after Internet Explorer 10 arrived in 2012then Google’s Chrome team has started sending cakes.

The party sugar comes after Internet Explorer was finally retired in June, though the core engine still remains in Internet Explorer mode in the new Chromium-powered Edge browser. Microsoft will support IE mode until 2029 at the earliest, so there might be an opportunity for another IE-themed cake in the future.


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