Microsoft has permanently buried the popular Internet Explorer browser

Web icon for the entire generation, Internet Explorer will gradually disappear from computers from Wednesday, June 15. The announcement was made by Microsoft a year ago: after twenty-seven years of service, the most famous browser living in the last minutes, the American company decided to end its technical support, pushing users to adopt their new browser. “The future of Internet Explorer on Windows is Microsoft Edge. Not only is Microsoft Edge faster, but also more secure”justified the American company.

Originally released in 1995 as an add -on for the Windows 95 operating system, Internet Explorer was previously in the minority compared to the giant of the time, Netscape, which had more than 75% of the market share.

But Microsoft will use deception to make the blue icon the most recognizable logo in the coming decade. If you turned on a computer in the early 2000s, you definitely remember that the little “e” surrounded by a yellow circle is already there as the magic of your machine. And for good reason, Internet Explorer is installed by default.

Bugs that will make his legend

A payment strategy, because it could easily catch up with Netscape, to reach it by the end of 1998, less than three years after its launch. It became the most dominant in the market, peaking in popularity in 2003, when 95% of Internet users immediately used the Microsoft browser for their daily use.

But this meteoric rise raises questions, first and foremost in the United States, where Microsoft was accused in 2001 of resorting to aggressive and anti-competitive practices to maintain its monopoly. Twelve years ago, in 2013, the European Commission imposed a record fine of 561 million euros on it for imposing consumer software.

Thanks to this strategy, Internet Explorer became the flagship browser that rocked all Web users in the early 2000s. Doing a search means going through it, its characteristic design… and the wrong optimization. Who hasn’t been annoyed by the repetitive slowness, often accompanied, a few seconds after clicking the red cross, by talking “Internet Explorer stopped responding” ? The most courageous then wisely waits for him to perform his task again, while the most nervous loses patience and causes the software to crash even more. A situation that strongly signals to users that a site is re-creating one of the most notorious bugs in Internet Explorer.

Browser bugs, for many years, have plagued the internet.

It’s still a classic Internet meme: it’s obsolete, it’s useless, it’s reminiscent of the old CDI computers in colleges where it was just the browser… It turned out to be ridiculous because it was so much better optimized! »confirms our colleagues from Franceinfo created the Twitter account @intrnetexp who, for three years, has made social networks laugh at his ridiculous diversions.

Internet Explorer is also the punishment of Web developers, most of whom work hard to create an ergonomic Internet page in a browser that ignores all the standards of its time. “If you’re a web developer working on modern sites or apps, we know you’ve been waiting a long time for this day”, in the way that Microsoft jokes about it in its press release announcing the end of the browser. Over time, the software has become the target of hackers, who often take advantage of its security bugs and flaws. In 2008, for example, a crash, later repaired, made it possible, thanks to a simple visit to a website, to install a program on your machine that you did not know about and then get rid of thousands -thousands more.

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Crushed with competition

Microsoft has long limited Internet users with computers, while devices have grown and 59% of global Internet traffic comes from a single phone. Taken together, these elements have contributed to its evolution over the years from being the market leader to a recurring joke among geeks: Internet Explorer has become the software of newcomers and boomers. It is also the browser that, little by little, is used by everyone for the sole purpose of downloading Chrome (Google), Safari (Apple), or even Firefox (Mozilla), which is more efficient and optimized for in modern uses. That’s why in April 2022, only 0.39% of Internet users remained loyal to it, while Chrome proudly represented 64.34% of the market share, according to the GlobalStatsCounter site.

The release of Microsoft Edge in July 2015 was already the beginning of the end for Internet Explorer as all of the American company’s efforts focused on the new product, more modern and efficient than its predecessor. So, four years later, Microsoft’s cybersecurity chief even called on people to stop using Internet Explorer for practical reasons, in a post titled “The Risk of Using Internet Explorer as Your Default Browser “. It’s a shame for a company that has long imposed this on its customers.

The “Internet Explorer” mode remains integrated with the Edge until 2029 to allow some companies, which still rely on older software, to continue working. But Microsoft is strongly urging companies and Web developers to make the transition as soon as possible. However, some seem unprepared to mourn the popular browser, like the wave of nostalgia that has swept through social networks in recent days. Slow, less usable, yet the first Internet gateway for Generation Y.

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