Microsoft has announced that it will kill off its much-maligned old internet browser Internet Explorer nearly 27 years after it graced desktops in 1995.
Starting June 15, the desktop app will be disabled and users will be redirected to Microsoft’s Edge browser instead.
Internet Explorer was the gateway to the Internet for people born before Generation Z, at a time when Microsoft dominated the world of technology, before Google, Facebook and TikTok, and the browser had to be installed on computers at home. using a CD-rom.
Microsoft’s market dominance is due to its consolidation of the software under the the Windows operating system. The experience was often slow, and when the faster competition came with Mozilla’s Firefox and later Google Chrome, people jumped ship in droves.
Although Chrome, which dominates the market, suffers from the same problems as Internet Explorer, the abandonment of the need to support the old browser will be a relief for web developers.
In a submission to an Australian competition regulator’s web browser market review, Microsoft said its decision to abandon Internet Explorer was largely because web developers were less likely to make their sites compatible. with Internet Explorer.
The submission said that “after years of trying to resolve incompatibilities as they arose with various websites – including some of the most popular on the internet”, the company has finally decided that to continue to differentiate of Chrome with a single-proprietary web platform “didn’t make sense anymore”.
Chances are you haven’t used Internet Explorer for many years, if ever. Microsoft nudged people away from it in favor of the Edge browser, which launched in 2015 and is based on Google’s open-source Chromium.
The company ended support for Internet Explorer in Teams in 2020 and announced plans to end support for Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 web browsers in August 2020.
If there is a relic website that still requires Internet Explorer to open it, people using the Edge browser will be able to run it in “IE mode”.
Despite the gradual disappearance of Internet Explorer, it still enjoys a strong reputation. A survey by Roy Morgan commissioned by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in September 2021 found that the most popular browsers were Chrome (95%), followed by Internet Explorer (85%), Firefox (81%) , Apple Safari (80%) and Edge (69%).
The same survey revealed that only 28% of people used Internet Explorer on their computer, compared to 81% who used Chrome, including 73% of Apple users. The main reason people gave for using Internet Explorer was that it came pre-installed on their computer and there was no reason to use any other browser.
While Windows’ built-in web browser might have been a boon for Microsoft in the past, the company said people now know about other options, and on desktop computers, Microsoft Edge only has a share of 9% market.