07. July 2022

After 27 years, Internet Explorer is dead

By Richard Jacobsen

Internet Explorer is lastly headed out to pasture.

Microsoft will not help the once-dominant browser that legions of internet surfers liked to hate – and some nonetheless declare to adore. The 27-year-old software now joins BlackBerry telephones, dial-up modems and Palm Pilots within the dustbin of tech historical past.

Bill Gates announces an Internet Explorer update in 1997.

Bill Gates declares an Internet Explorer replace in 1997. Credit:AP

IE’s demise was not a shock. A 12 months in the past, Microsoft stated that it was placing an finish to Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022, pushing customers to its Edge browser, which was launched in 2015.

The firm made it clear then it was time to maneuver on.

“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,” common supervisor of Microsoft Edge Enterprise Sean Lyndersay wrote in a May 2021 weblog submit.

Users marked Explorer’s passing on Twitter, with some referring to it as a “bug-ridden, insecure POS” or the “top browser for installing other browsers”. For others it was a second for ’90s nostalgia memes, whereas The Wall Street Journal quoted a 22-year-old who was unhappy to see IE go.


Microsoft launched the primary model of Internet Explorer in 1995, the antediluvian period of internet browsing dominated by the primary broadly standard browser, Netscape Navigator. Its launch signalled the start of the top of Navigator: Microsoft went on to tie IE and its ubiquitous Windows working system collectively so tightly that many individuals merely used it by default as a substitute of Navigator.

The Justice Department sued Microsoft in 1997, saying it violated an earlier consent decree by requiring pc makers to make use of its browser as a situation of utilizing Windows. It finally agreed to settle the antitrust battle in 2002 over its use of its Windows monopoly to squash opponents. It additionally tangled with European regulators who stated that tying Internet Explorer to Windows gave it an unfair benefit over rivals equivalent to Mozilla’s Firefox, Opera and Google’s Chrome.

Users, in the meantime, complained that IE was sluggish, liable to crashing and weak to hacks. IE’s market share, which within the early 2000s was over 90 per cent, started to fade as customers discovered extra interesting options.


Today, the Chrome browser dominates with roughly a 65 per cent share of the worldwide browser market, adopted by Apple’s Safari with 19 per cent, in keeping with web analytics firm Statcounter. IE’s inheritor, Edge, lags with about 4 per cent, simply forward of Firefox.

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