FP StaffJun 15, 2022 10:41:56 IST
As of today, 15th June, Wednesday, Microsoft will no longer be supporting Internet Explorer, the once-dominant web browser that legions of web surfers loved to hate, and a few still claim to adore.
Internet Explorer’s demise was not a surprise. A year ago, Microsoft said that it was putting an end to Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022, pushing users to its Edge browser, which was launched in 2015.
is Internet Explorer ever truly dead? pic.twitter.com/KQGndprUxn
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) June 14, 2022
The company made clear back then that it was time to move on.
“Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications,” Sean Lyndersay, general manager of Microsoft Edge Enterprise, wrote in a May 2021 blog post.
Users marked Explorer’s passing on Twitter, with some referring to it as “bug-ridden” or as the “top browser for installing other browsers.” For others, it was a moment for 90s nostalgia memes, while The Wall Street Journal quoted a 22-year-old who was sad to see IE go.
Microsoft released the first version of Internet Explorer in 1995, which marked a new era of web surfing by the masses, which was up until then dominated by the first widely popular browser, Netscape Navigator.
Internet Explorer is a browser included in Windows since Windows 95 (1995). Initially based on Spyglass’s Mosaic, by 2003 it boasted a 95% browser market share. Later, with new competitors such as Chrome, its usage declined. The final version, 11, ends support on 15th June 2022. pic.twitter.com/bDXwSohqwH
— Windows On Windows (@wowstartsnow) June 14, 2022
Its launch signalled the beginning of the end of Navigator: Microsoft went on to tie Internet Explorer and its own Windows operating system together so tightly, that many people simply used it by default instead of Navigator. It made it virtually impossible to install Navigator on its systems.
Naturally, The US Justice Department sued Microsoft in 1997, saying it violated an earlier consent decree by requiring computer makers to use its browser as a condition of using Windows.
It eventually agreed to settle the antitrust battle in 2002 over its use of its Windows monopoly to squash competitors. It also tangled with European regulators who said that tying Internet Explorer to Windows gave it an unfair advantage over rivals such as Mozilla’s Firefox, and Opera.
Then came Google Chrome, a browser based on the open-source Chromium browser. Chrome, by its 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 crashing and vulnerable to hacks. Internet Explorer’s market share, which in the early 2000s was over 90%, began to fade as users started looking for more appealing alternatives.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) June 13, 2022
Internet Explorer will retire tomorrow (June 15, 2022).
If you are still using this browser, you’ll receive this news sometime in the next 500 years for sure #InternetExplorer pic.twitter.com/jGzkDcBxXg
— Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings) June 14, 2022
— nyus (@nyus_app) June 13, 2022
Today, the Chrome browser dominates the browser market with roughly a 65 per cent share of the worldwide browser market, followed by Apple’s Safari with 19 per cent, according to internet analytics company Statcounter. Microsoft’s heir, Edge, lags with about 4 per cent, just ahead of Firefox.