Internet Explorer: Microsoft Finally Kills Iconic Internet Explorer Browser
Tech giant Microsoft on Wednesday stopped supporting the nearly 27 years web browser, Internet Explorer.
Microsoft had early in 2021 announced that the once-dominant internet browser would be removed from most versions of the Windows 10 operating system (OS).
The Tch giant has over time sought to push users to use its Microsoft Edge browser, which was launched in 2015.
In his May 2021 blog post, the General manger of Microsoft Edge Enterprise, Sean Lyndersay wrote “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,”
‘Internet Explorer has Stopped working’
A lot of users of Internet Explorer has complained of it being slow, clunky, and unreliable compared to new browsers like, Firefox, Chrome, Opramini etc.
Known for its error message, it has finally stopped working. Internet Explorer was notorious for regular crashing, with web surfers calling it the “top browser to install other browsers.”
Interestingly, Internet Explorer was first released in 1995 as part of the add-on package for Windows 95. Microsoft’s requirement for computer makers to use the browser as a condition for using Windows got the company in legal battles in Europe and the US.
In the early 2000s, Internet Explorer was the most used web browser with a peak of about 95% usage share by 2003. However, there was decline in its usage when it was realized that it has low compatibility with mobile operating systems like Android and iOS.
Today, Google’s Chrome browser dominates the worldwide browser market, with almost 65% share, while Microsoft’s Edge is still far behind with about 4%.