Internet Explorer RIP – Microsoft will finally kill its web browser – Doha News

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At 26, the navigator will soon make his way to the tech graveyard.

In shocking news for a handful of users, Microsoft has announced that it is finally getting rid of Internet Explorer.

The browser, which previously dominated 95% of the market, is used by less than 0.5% of Internet users.

When someone opens Internet Explorer, they soon receive an alert redirecting them to Microsoft’s new Edge browser, which is used by about 4% of online users.

For some, Internet Explorer has always been a slow browser that only served to install better browsers like Google Chrome. For others, it represents one of the most important pieces of software in the history of computing.

Internet Explorer users will be redirected to Microsoft Edge [Microsoft]

Internet Explorer was many people’s first browser, the first portal they used to connect to the Internet.

It helped accelerate Microsoft’s growth and was even the default web browser on macOS many years ago (although former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was booed onstage when he made the ‘announcement).

But why did Microsoft’s dominant browser crash?

To understand the rise and fall of Microsoft, you’ll need a recap of the browser wars that took place in the late 90s. Back then, a browser called Netscape was the most widely used. Microsoft launched Internet Explorer to grab its own share of the browser market.

Over the next five years, both browsers quickly released new features.

Microsoft made Internet Explorer free and Netscape followed suit. Internet Explorer’s market share was only 18%, while Netscape dominated with 72% (10% was the use of other browsers).

Eventually, Microsoft bundled Internet Explorer into Windows by default, which at the time had a 90% market share on PCs.

Microsoft’s strategy at the time was allegedly to “cut the air supply to Netscape”, and it worked. In 2001, Internet Explorer held approximately 90% of the Internet browser market.

Winning the war was catastrophic for Microsoft. Due to a lack of competition, the company slowed Internet Explorer updates, releasing only one major update between 2001 and 2006.

Internet Explorer retires after 27 years
Internet Explorer’s market share declined rapidly from 2007 [By StatCounter – OpenOffice Calc, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=89986636]

This left room for competing browsers such as Firefox (based on Netscape’s source code), Opera, and Safari to release faster, more feature-rich browsers.

Eventually, Google launched Google Chrome in 2008, becoming the most popular browser due to its faster speed.

The popularity of iOS and Android has also contributed to the decline of Internet Explorer. Both mobile operating systems have bundled their own respective browsers, Safari and Chrome.

Microsoft has never created an Internet Explorer app for iOS or Android.

Microsoft has been trying to kill Internet Explorer for many years

Microsoft has encouraged users to upgrade to its new Edge browser since its launch in 2015.

Unfortunately for the company, old users were still using Internet Explorer instead of switching, probably because they weren’t savvy enough to download new browsers.

Also, websites such as Japan Pension Service can only be accessed through Internet Explorer. As a result, Microsoft was unable to completely kill its now infamous browser.

Microsoft Edge includes an “IE Mode” setting for accessing these legacy websites.

Where are the memes?

Internet Explorer was excellent on two counts:

  1. Download other browsers
  2. Make fun of memes

We couldn’t share the news of Internet Explorer’s death with you without also sharing some memes! Here are our favorites:

What do you think of the death of Internet Explorer? Do you feel nostalgia watching it disappear, or do you just appreciate the memes.

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