Microsoft closes Internet Explorer after 27 years of service

Internet Explorer, once the most popular web browser, will now only be available to developers.

It’s the end of an era. Microsoft is retiring the consumer version of Internet Explorer.

The decision doesn’t catch anyone off guard, since the tech company had already announced version number 11 of the popular browser last year, it would be the last.

Internet Explorer made its debut on Windows desktop computers in 1995 and for 2004 had monopolized 95% of the market.

But now they dominate Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

Users who want to keep their browser with Microsoft are targeting Microsoft Edge, released in 2015, with Windows 10.

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Internet Explorer’s popularity has been affected by the release of faster browsers such as Chrome and Firefox, at a time when users were taking advantage of new applications to browse platforms such as Google, Facebook and YouTube.

Undoubtedly the rise of smartphones dealt the fatal blow.

Especially when Apple’s pre-installed browser, Safari and Google’s Chrome on Android phones helped modify access and Using the Internet from desktop to mobile.

Internet usage on devices mobiles and tablets have overtaken desktops worldwide for the first time in October 2016, according to independent web analytics company StatCounter.

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And earlier that year, StatCounter revealed that Google Chrome accounted for over 60% of computer internet usage worldwide, and that the combined share of Internet Explorer and Microsoft’s Edge in the desktop market was trailing Firefox for the first time.

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Edge will retain an “IE mode” for developers and those looking to access legacy apps.

Microsoft announces access to its old desktop browser will persist on earlier versions of Windows, including Windows 8.1, Windows 7 Extended Security Updates, and limited versions of Windows 10.

Internet Explorer’s legacy will surely survive after its retirement, as for more than two decades it came pre-installed on Windows computers.

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In 1995, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said that the version of Windows 95, and with it Internet Explorer, It would be part of the tech giant’s effort to cash in on the “earthquake caused by the arrival of the internet”.

Although his vision of “a microcomputer on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software” might now seem like a reminder of a bygone era when Internet was accessible via the telephone line, Internet Explorer will be remembered as one of the key tools that shaped the way the Internet is used today.

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