- Written by Liv McMahon
- technology team
It is the end of an era. Microsoft is discontinuing the consumer version of Internet Explorer.
The decision does not surprise anyone, since the tech company already announced version 11 of the popular browser last year, it will be the latter.
Internet Explorer first appeared on Windows desktop computers in 1995 and for later versions 2004 monopolized 95% of the market.
But now they are in control Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
Users who want to keep their browser with Microsoft are there targeting Microsoft Edge, It was released in 2015, along with Windows 10.
The popularity of Internet Explorer has been affected by the release of faster browsers such as Chrome and Firefox, while users have taken advantage of new applications to navigate on platforms such as Google, Facebook and YouTube.
It can be said that the emergence of smart phones Deal the fatal blow.
Especially when the pre-installed Apple browser, Safari and Google Chrome on Android phones helped change access and Use the Internet from desktop to mobile.
Internet use on devices Mobile phones and tablets outperform desktop computers worldwide for the first time in October 2016, according to independent web analytics firm StatCounter.
And earlier that year, StatCounter revealed it Google Chrome accounts for more than 60% of desktop Internet use worldwide, and that the combined share of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Edge in the desktop market was narrowly ahead of Firefox for the first time.
Edge will retain “IE Mode” for developers and those looking to access legacy apps.
Microsoft says access to its old desktop browser It will persist in previous versions of Windows, Including Windows 8.1, Windows 7 Extended Security Updates, and limited editions of Windows 10.
The legacy of Internet Explorer is sure to carry on after it’s retired, because it’s been pre-installed on Windows PCs for more than two decades.
In 1995, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said that Windows 95 version with Internet Explorer, It will be part of the tech giant’s efforts to capitalize on the “earthquake caused by the arrival of the Internet.”
Although his vision of “the little computer on every desktop and in every home, running Microsoft software” may now seem reminiscent of a bygone era when The Internet was accessed via a telephone line, Internet Explorer will be remembered as one of the main tools that shaped the way the Internet is used today.
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