Microsoft announced the termination of the 27-year-old browser and announced the company’s new application Edge browser.
Microsoft Has Finally Sent Internet Explorer to Retirement. For as long as the start of web browsers, we have had Internet Explorer around us. Internet Explorer has been one of the most widely used browsers that have been equally mocked. The parent company, Microsoft announced the termination of the 27-year-old browser and announced the company’s new application Edge browser, asking the users to move on to the new application the company has introduced.
The tech giant cut off the support from Internet Explorer on Wednesday. Microsoft finally laid its browser to rest on 15 June 2022. However, the scraps of the retired software will live on its Edge browser supporting any old website that was built for the Internet Explorer. The browser will continue to run for now on Windows 7 or Windows 8 but the company has stopped its support for years.
Well, not many users are mourning the browser’s demise. The browser grew to become pretty much unwanted that was more or less included in every Windows computer unnecessarily. The browser became a gold mine for hackers and frauds due to infinite flaws when it comes to security. Also, Microsoft’s late responses to bring browser updates aggravated the problem even further. However, few people are still clinging to the old browser.
Era of Microsoft Edge
The old IT is survived by Microsoft Edge, which the company introduced to remain in the browsing arena. Microsoft Edge is faster, more modern, and much more secure than its predecessor. The plus point is that it is also compatible with the old devices. When launched in 1995, the browser was in a leading position, competing against Netscape Navigator.
As the browser continued to gain more market share, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Microsoft in 1997 alleging that the company has illegally tied to Windows. The DOJ won the landmark case, forcing the company to split both into two separate entities to form an application and an operating system company. However, in 2002, a settlement was reached by both the parties in which Microsoft agreed to make the APIs shareable with the third parties.
Trends in the Browser Industry
Google Chrome is currently leading the browser industry with a 65% market share with Apple Safari at 19%, according to the statistics of Statcounter. Microsoft IE has only a 4% market share followed by Mozilla. The frustrated Microsoft users instantly moved to other browsers.
Following the demise of IE, for the next few months, IE users will be redirected to Microsoft Edge. In the new browsers, there is an IE mode that will allow the users to continue to use the Internet Explorer-based website. Microsoft further plans to release a Windows Update that will remove all icons of IE from the devices.
The officials from Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer was left far behind in the modern world and it no longer could match the general improvements required for the web on a larger scale. The retirement of the Internet Explorer will be impacting all the supported versions of Windows 10, Pro, Home, Edu, and IoT.