Microsoft discontinues Internet Explorer

Microsoft had already announced that Explorer would no longer run in Microsoft 365 and other online apps from August 2021. “The future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 lies in Microsoft Edge,” the company wrote in a corporate post. “Edge not only provides a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it also solves an important problem: it works well for older, legacy websites and apps.”

Browser War
Microsoft wasn’t the first to come up with a web browser. That was Tim Berners-Lee’s. in 1990 who christened his creation ‘WorldWideWeb’, later changed to Nexus. In 1994 Marc Andreessen and James Clark launched the start-up Netscape, which with the browser ‘Navigator’ later became the most popular for surfing the web. Within four months, Netscape controlled three quarters of the browser market. In 1995, Microsoft bought Internet Explorer browser from Spyglass. At the turn of the century, IE’s global market share was about three-quarters of all browsers. In 2021, Apple’s Safari is one of the most popular browsers on smartphones. In 2008, Google launched the Chrome browser, which is the most popular browser these days, used by about two-thirds of the market.

(PvWK, sources: Microsoft, FD, Linkedin)

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