Microsoft finally retires struggling web browser after 27 years – Technology News, Firstpost
FP staffJun 15, 2022 4:07:24 PM IST
Starting today, Wednesday, June 15, Microsoft will no longer support Internet Explorer, the once-dominant web browser that legions of internet users loved to hate, and a few still claim to love.
The disappearance of Internet Explorer was not a surprise. A year ago, Microsoft announced that it would end Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022, pushing users to its Edge browser, launched in 2015.
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The company made it clear at the time that it was time to move on.
“Not only does Microsoft Edge provide a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, it’s also able to address a key concern: compatibility with older legacy websites and apps,” Sean Lyndersay, general manager of Microsoft Edge Enterprise, wrote in a May 2021 blog post.
Users marked Explorer’s move on Twitter, with some calling it “buggy” or “the best browser to install other browsers.” For others, it was a time for nostalgic 90s 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 ushered in a new era of web browsing by the masses, which until then had been dominated by the first and very popular browser, Netscape Navigator.
Internet Explorer is a browser included in Windows since Windows 95 (1995). Initially based on Spyglass’s Mosaic, in 2003 it boasted a 95% market share across browsers. Later, with new competitors such as Chrome, its use declined. The final version, 11, ends support on June 15, 2022. pic.twitter.com/bDXwSohqwH
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Its launch marked the beginning of the end for Navigator: Microsoft then tied Internet Explorer and its own Windows operating system so tightly that many people simply used it as the default instead of Navigator. This made it virtually impossible to install Navigator on his systems.
Naturally, the US Department of Justice sued Microsoft in 1997, claiming it violated an earlier consent decree by requiring computer makers 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 has also tangled with European regulators who said 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, as a better and more robust web browser, did to Internet Explorer what Microsoft did to Navigator.
Users have complained that Internet Explorer is slow, prone to crashes, and vulnerable to hacks. Internet Explorer’s market share, which in the early 2000s was over 90%, began to fade as users sought out more attractive alternatives.
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Today, the Chrome browser dominates the browser market with around 65% of the global browser market, followed by Apple’s Safari with 19%, according to internet analytics firm Statcounter. Microsoft’s heir, Edge, lags around 4%, just ahead of Firefox.