Microsoft officially said goodbye to “Internet Explorer” today; one of the first reference tools for Internet browsing in the mid-1990s, before falling behind the competition and then surpassing mainly from “Google”.
The use of “Explorer” will still be possible, but, the giant from Redmond (Washington State), will no longer make updates, or modifications, to the browser —which was released almost 27 years ago— in August 1995.
Microsoft had announced at the beginning of 2021 the end of “Internet Explorer”, which was released in eleven consecutive editions, and in May 2021 gave the date of June 15, 2022.
The group now intends to focus its efforts on the “Edge” browser, which was released in 2015 and allows navigation…
“…faster, safer and more modern than Explorer”,
stressed Microsoft last year.
The company has also ensured that with “Edge” users can visit websites and applications that have been created to work with “Explorer”.
According to the specialized website “Kinsta”, “Explorer” represented only 2% of the Internet browser market, compared to 77% for “Google Chrome”, 8% for “Safari” (Apple) and 5% for the “Edge”.
After its release, “Explorer” had quickly replaced the first major browser in the history of the Internet, “Netscape”, to the point that in the early 2000s, 90% of users used the program.
“Internet Explorer” nostalgic messages have swept social media to pay a final homage to the blue letter “e” that has long adorned the screens of hundreds of millions of computers.
“I am at the same age of “Internet Explorer”. It was my childhood. Rest in Peace”,
wrote on “Twitter” Brian Keller, a television presenter in Michigan.
“Thank you for being the best browser to download “Chrome” and “Firefox” for 14 years”,
said Eddie Sulistio, an Indonesian businessman, ironically on “Twitter”.
In 1997, the administration of US President Bill Clinton sued Microsoft for abuse of a dominant position, particularly with regard to “Explorer”. The lawsuit was settled out of court in 2001, with Microsoft agreeing not to force computer manufacturers to refuse to choose software other than its own. The company had also agreed to make data about its programs available to software publishers, but had not committed to “Explorer”.
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