Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Set To Retire Today

Jun 15, 2022
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The tech giant Microsoft has decided to finally put off its web browser Internet Explorer from the market today. From ruling the world of the web to being the subject of the world of memes, this browser has seen all the ups and downs and everything in between.

Microsoft had made a formal announcement in the previous year stating that they are planning to discontinue Internet Explorer soon and it did not even come as a shock to the internet world because the users could sense it coming. The lack of functionalities and the snail speed of the browser fairly contributed to its diminishing rule and paved way for better browsers to take the top spot.

As the 27-year-old leading browser and its reign come to an end today, let us dive into the segment where it all started.

History of the Search Engine

For the internet users of the 1990’s era, Internet explorer meant more than just a browser as it allowed the enthusiastic users to explore the new segments of world wide web. The company kickstarted this browser on Aug 16, 1995 as IE 1.0 for Windows 95 family. The browser came in Microsoft Plus Internet Jumpstart Kit as an add-on in its initial stages and then was available for free in desktop versions. The same year IE 2.0 made its way acquiring the userbase of both windows OS as well as Apple’s Macintosh, setting off with a strong foothold in the browsing market.

As the world welcomed this feature-filled extension with open arms, the company released several versions that brought in new features like Internet Mail, better graphic cards that enabled viewing different image formats and the popular Windows Media Player in the successive models.

Over the years, Microsoft was adding extra components and bringing up new features on the plate for the users but a major competitive blow occurred in 2004 when Mozilla Firefox started gaining followers. Another hit struck with Google announcing Chrome in 2008 and things went south in no time, crumpling what was left for the former king of browsers.

The web browser was at its peak in 2003 holding 95% of the browsing market. However looking at the recent numbers, it was reported that the Internet Explorer held just 1.5 % of the user share in the browsing market as all the leading organizations, offices and other institutions unplugged from its usage in the last decade.

What’s Next for the Windows Users?

The users of Windows were already introduced to Microsoft Edge browser in 2016 when the company launched it for the new users and IE was neglected feature development. While the browser is set to go off rails today, the modern browser Edge is already given the feature of using the “IE mode”. As quoted by Sean Lyndersay, the Microsoft Edge Program Manager, “the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge”.

The company further promises the users that Edge is not only more secure and faster but is tailored to provide users with top-notch modern browsing experience. Talking about the concern of accessing the legacy websites on the modernized Microsoft Edge, the company has sorted things beforehand. In order to view and access the legacy websites and IE-based applications in Edge, all users need to do is switch to the Internet Explorer mode or IE mode that comes built-in with the new browser version.

Since Internet Explorer is an integral part of the Windows Server 2019, the company plans to provide security updates to the current userbase till the year 2029.