Microsoft finally discontinues the ailing web browser after 27 years – Technology News, Firstpost

As of today, Wednesday, June 15, Microsoft will no longer support Internet Explorer, the once-dominant web browser that countless web surfers loved to hate, and some claim to love it.

The demise of Internet Explorer was no surprise. A year ago, Microsoft said it would end Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022 and push users to the Edge browser, which launched in 2015.

The company then made it clear 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 can also address a key concern: compatibility for older, outdated websites and applications,” said Sean Lyndersay, general manager of Microsoft Edge Enterprise. . , wrote in a May 2021 blog post.

Users flagged it down on Twitter, with some calling it “bug-ridden” or as the “top browser for installing other browsers.” For others, it was a moment for nostalgic 90s memes, as The Wall Street Journal quoted a 22-year-old as sad to see IE go.

Microsoft released the first version of Internet Explorer in 1995, marking a new era of web surfing for the masses, until then dominated by the first highly popular browser, Netscape Navigator.

Its launch marked the beginning of the end of Navigator: Microsoft began to tie Internet Explorer and its own Windows operating system so closely together that many people simply used it instead of Navigator by default. It made it virtually impossible to install Navigator on its systems.

Of course, the US Department of Justice sued Microsoft in 1997 for violating a previous consent decree by requiring computer makers to use their browser as a condition of using Windows.

It eventually agreed to settle the 2002 antitrust dispute over using its Windows monopoly to crush competitors. It also ran afoul of European regulators who said linking 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, being a better and more robust web browser, did with Internet Explorer what Microsoft did with Navigator.

Users complained that Internet Explorer was slow, prone to crashes and vulnerable to hacks. Internet Explorer’s market share, which reached over 90% in the early 2000s, began to decline as users looked for more attractive alternatives.

Today, the Chrome browser dominates the browser market with about 65 percent of the global browser market, followed by Apple’s Safari at 19 percent, according to internet analytics firm Statcounter. Microsoft’s heir, Edge, is trailing about 4 percent, just ahead of Firefox.

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