Microsoft has finally slain the juggernaut and the browser to download other browsers, the slow and the legendary Internet Explorer.
Microsoft announced recently that Internet Explorer will finally be retired by June 15th 2022. After all, Microsoft Edge is a lot better; may Internet Explorer rest in peace.
Before the advent of Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari, Internet Explorer was the most popular browser at the time. It gained notoriety for being the slowest browser in comparison to its rivals, and because of this, a flora of memes were born and is still being discussed throughout this day.
The browser was so slow, that, despite being one of the longest-running products Microsoft has in its department, the company finally admitted its uselessness and bulkiness as a browser: being slow, impractical, unsecure and incompatible with many modern web tasks. With these harsh statements by Microsoft, Internet Explorer somehow managed to live for quite a while, especially now only about 5% use Internet Explorer, according to NetMarketShare
Microsoft knew Internet Explorer’s unreliability before this announcement, and they already prepared a replacement, called Microsoft Edge. It’s based on Chromium, an open-source browser. Which means, whatever Google Chrome functions have, Edge probably has them too (we are writing this article using Microsoft Edge by the way).
Windows 10 still has Internet Explorer built-in by the way, but Microsoft Edge overshadowed it so much that it’s barely noticeable, and not even a lot of users know it’s still in their system. Nonetheless, if you have Internet Explorer, it will automatically recommend you to Microsoft Edge and stop you from using IE.
“We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge,” Lyndersay wrote. “Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications.”
Microsoft knew Internet Explorer’s weakness that’s why it started developing a replacement.
So long, IE, you will be remembered forever as the world’s slowest browser since Netscape.