For millions of people, this was their first web browser, but to this day – after 27 long years – Microsoft no longer supports Internet Explorer.
It was a long-delayed retirement. Even if the company previously planned to pull support Last August, its usage dropped to just a fraction of what it used to be.
Anyone currently trying to use the desktop app will find it disabled and unsupported and will automatically be redirected to the Microsoft Edge browser.
For some, the browser evokes nostalgia, and for many, it evokes memories of slow-loading pages, errors, crashes, and frustrations.
It was released in 1995 and bundled with Microsoft’s Windows operating system, it quickly became the most used web browser with 95% market share in 2003.
But as web functionality evolved along with video streaming and other services, Internet Explorer – despite its updates – fell behind competitors like Mozilla Firefox in 2004 and Google Chrome in 2008. .
Microsoft’s successor browser, Edge – which the company announced will be replace Internet Explorer in 2015 – packaged with Windows and used by about 4% of web traffic today.
Next year, Internet Explorer is dethroned was the most used browser with Chrome taking the top spot – something it has continued to hold ever since.
This is partly because mobile browsing is dominating the web. Google’s Chrome browser and Apple’s Safari were successful with around 65% and 20% market share respectively.
This market share got both companies into some trouble.
In 2018 Google fined 4.34 billion euros (£3.8 billion) for forcing phone manufacturers to pre-install apps including Google Search and Chrome to the exclusion of other search engines and web browsers.
Microsoft also had a similar relationship with the US Department of Justice around the turn of the millennium, fighting a lawsuit that came out in 1997 – and settled it in 2002 – alleging that it used its monopoly with Windows to eliminate competitors.
Microsoft says that Edge is “a faster, safer, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer,” as well as an experience that’s still essentially compatible with “older, older websites and apps.” than”.