Microsoft Finally Shuts Down Internet Explorer

Although it’s now the subject for a lot of mocking memes online, the old Internet Explorer was once the world’s most popular browser. Microsoft’s program reached its peak almost two decades ago – in 2003, Internet Explorer was so widely spread that it was present on 95% of computers connected to the internet.

However, Internet Explorer declined drastically in popularity due to the rise of other browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and others. Furthermore, Microsoft brought its own suitable alternative for Explorer in 2015 along with the release of Windows 10: the Edge browser, which is far superior to its predecessor.

Deadline: August 17, 2021

This is the date when Microsoft will finally put the old Internet Explorer at sleep for good. The browser was a faithful companion to many of us during our childhood, but you know how things go in life: everything must come to an end.

In a recent blog post, Microsoft says the following:

Customers have been using IE 11 since 2013 when the online environment was much less sophisticated than the landscape today. Since then, open web standards and newer browsers—like the new Microsoft Edge—have enabled better, more innovative online experiences. We believe that Microsoft 365 subscribers, in both consumer and commercial contexts, will be well served with this change through faster and more responsive web access to greater sets of features in everyday toolsets like Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, and more.

Internet Explorer was firstly released a quarter of a century ago: in 1995, on August 16. The browser was included in the Microsoft line of Windows operating systems. The program was first released as a component of the add-on package Plus! for Windows 95.

No disrespect for Internet Explorer, a browser that marked the beginning of the online journey for many of us. But nowadays, there are far more interesting alternatives out there like Chrome, Safari, Opera, Mozilla, and so on.

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With a strong passion for astronomy since he was little and hundreds of articles written about this field, Cristian is a reliable writer who keeps the website up-to-date with news about the wonders of the Universe.

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