Internet Explorer, the once hugely popular web browser, is officially retired
Microsoft has announced that it will no longer support Internet Explorer starting June 15.
This marks the end of a 27-year run for the once-popular web browser. Microsoft first announced the decision to retire the web browser in May 2021.
“Internet Explorer’s reputation today is rightly that of a product of an older era – bizarre behavior and lacking the security of a modern browser,” wrote Sean Lyndersay, CEO of the society.
Internet Explorer first hit the scene in 1995 and became an instant hit. Its first very popular browser was Netscape Navigator. At its peak in 2002, the browser held 95% of the market.
However, that same year Mozilla Firefox was launched and a year later Apple Safari came into the picture. Google Chrome then debuted in 2008.
When the other three browsers burst onto the scene, the level of competition escalated. Internet Explorer has gradually lost its luster, while Firefox, Safari and Chrome have increased their usage rates and popularity.
“The Web has evolved and so have browsers. The incremental improvements to Internet Explorer couldn’t match the general improvements to the web as a whole, so we started over,” Lyndersay said.
According to the internet analytics company Statistics counterChrome currently dominates the global browser market with 65% share, followed by Safari with 19% and Firefox with 4%.
While Internet Explorer will no longer exist, Microsoft’s Windows browser will not disappear completely.
Users will be redirected to Microsoft Edge, which was introduced in 2015.
“Microsoft Edge is a faster, more secure and more modern browser, the best browser for Windows, designed for today’s Internet,” Lyndersay said.
For the next few months, the Internet Explorer icon will remain on devices, but once clicked, Microsoft Edge will open with easy access to IE mode.
As part of the redirection process, users will see their data, such as bookmarks, passwords, and settings, imported from Internet Explorer.
IE mode is also particularly useful for websites that only work with Internet Explorer.
Microsoft’s decision to end its support for Internet Explorer marks the end of an era for many users who came of age during the internet breakthrough, now joining BlackBerry and other devices and platforms. -forms once popular.