Goodbye Internet Explorer: Microsoft Finally Retires Broken Web Browser After 27 Years

Starting today, Wednesday, June 15, Microsoft will no longer support Internet Explorer, the once-dominant web browser that legions of netizens loved to hate, and some still claim to love.

The disappearance of Internet Explorer was not a surprise. A year ago, Microsoft said it would end Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022, pushing users to its Edge browser, which launched in 2015.

The company made it clear at the time that it was time to move on. “Microsoft Edge is not only a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it can also address a key concern: compatibility with legacy and legacy websites and apps,” Sean Lyndersay, General Manager, Microsoft EdgeEnterprise. , he wrote in a May 2021 blog post. Users marked the death of Explorer on Twitter, with some referring to it as “full of bugs” or the “primary browser for installing other browsers.” For others, it was a time for ’90s nostalgia memes, while The Wall Street Journal quoted a 22-year-old who was saddened by IE leaving Microsoft released the first version of Internet Explorer in 1995, which marked a new age of the web. mass browsing, until then dominated by the first highly popular browser, Netscape Navigator.

Its release marked the beginning of the end for Navigator: Microsoft tied Internet Explorer and its own Windows operating system together so closely that many people simply defaulted to it instead of Navigator. It made it virtually impossible to install Navigator on their systems. Naturally, the US Department of Justice sued Microsoft in 1997, saying it violated an earlier consent decree by requiring computer manufacturers to use its browser as a condition of using Windows. It finally agreed to settle the antitrust battle in 2002 over its use of its Windows monopoly to crush competitors. It also ran afoul of European regulators who said tying Internet Explorer to Windows gave it an unfair advantage over rivals like Mozilla’s Firefox and Opera. Then came Google Chrome, a browser based on the open source Chromium browser. Chrome, by virtue of being a better and more robust web browser, did to Internet Explorer what Microsoft did to Navigator. Users complained that Internet Explorer was slow, prone to crashes, and vulnerable to attack. Internet Explorer’s market share, which was over 90% in the early 2000s, began to fade as users began looking for more attractive alternatives.

Currently, the Chrome browser dominates the browser market with about 65 percent share of the global browser market, followed by Apple’s Safari with 19 percent, according to Internet analytics firm Statcounter. Microsoft heir Edge trails behind at 4 percent, just ahead of Firefox.

Via: FirstPost