We met I was comingbut now it’s upon us: Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s once-dominant internet browser, officially dies today, Wednesday, June 15th.
Users trying to access Internet Explorer starting tomorrow will be directed to Microsoft Edge, the company’s modern Chromium-based browser which, while decent, has failed to significantly challenge Google Chrome. For those who use Internet Explorer 11 exclusive apps, you will be able to access them through the Internet Explorer mode of Edge.
The death of Internet Explorer won’t bother many people. According to statistics counter, 67% of desktop browsers worldwide use Chrome, less than 10% use Safari, and just over 9% use Edge. Firefox and Opera come after that, with 8% and 3%, respectively. The “other” category is just over 3%.
But if you’re of a certain age, you might feel a pang of regret as you extinguish IE’s meager flame. Internet Explorer 2.0 was the first “free” browser and came pre-loaded with Windows, a move that all but toppled the previously dominant browser Netscape Navigator (yes: there was a time when you had to pay for a web browser, or pretend you were a student and download the educational version). In the early 2000s, you practically ran Internet Explorer or, if it was really cool, Firefox. When Google Chrome came along, it quickly ate everyone’s lunch, and since then, no one has been able to usurp it.
However, Microsoft has really put its weight on Microsoft Edge, as any Windows 10 user can attest: sometimes trying to evade it in favor of Chrome or another alternative feels like hitting a virus. Edge became the default browser on Windows 10 in 2015, although Internet Explorer has continued to appear on new devices due to the aforementioned IE apps that, these days, probably very few still use.