What is Internet Explorer?
Internet Explorer, or IE, is the default explorer paired with Microsoft’s Windows operating system. IE is often memed for its slow processing speeds compared to more modern browsers such as Chrome or Firefox, As a more traditional browser, there is also the stereotype that its main users are all in the older generation. Additionally, IE has serious security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers to this day, showing how outdated its system is. However, Microsoft’s recent announcement just cemented IE’s path to the digital graveyard.
What’s happening to IE?
Microsoft just announced its decision to end support for IE’s latest version, Internet Explorer 11 on June 15 of 2022. Microsoft admitted many of IE’s shortcomings with the announcement, saying that it is slow, no longer practical or compatible with many modern tasks, and is insecure compared to modern browsers. This is a huge announcement, as the browser has been around for over 25 years. Sean Lyndersay, a Microsoft Edge program manager, states “We are announcing that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge.”
Microsoft Edge is a newer, fresher reboot of IE, that can actually compete with modern browsers. Edge is based on the same software as Google Chrome, known as “Chromium”, allowing users to harness extensions that can alter the user’s experience. Additionally, it solves many of the problems found in IE, such as slow processing times, and bad security.
History of IE
Internet Explorer was introduced in 1995 along with Windows 95 and was instantly a dominant browser, beating competitors such as Netscape Navigator. At the peak of its usage in 2002, IE was in control of 95% of the browser market, a complete monopoly. However, the progress of improvement with IE was stagnant, making IE6 an outdated version for five years. By the time Microsoft realized their mistake by releasing IE7 in 2006, it was too late due to competitors such as Firefox and Chrome. However, even though IE will no longer come on your Windows computer, it will still be available on the Long-Term Servicing Channel(LTSC) of Windows 10.