For millions, if not billions of people Internet Explorer has represented their own entrance into the world of internet, in a time history that today seems very remote.
It was 1995, and Microsoft after initial resistances convinced himself definitively of the strategic importance of the internet for its business.
The launch of Internet Explorer marked the first stage of a long journey that led Microsoft to embrace the internet as a whole, until it became the Microsoft 365 (heir of the famous Office) a SaaS solution.
Internet Explorer and the First Browser War
When Microsoft’s home browser debuted as addon Windows 95 (it was part of the Microsoft Plus! package), there was already a leading competitor on the market like Netscape Navigator.
With the traditional pragmatism that has often accompanied its choices, the company founded by Bill Gates managed to overcome the challenge with a solution for the very effective era: pre-installed Internet Explorer in Windows. Although Netscape had challenged this choice in court, the sentence came only after two years. It was too late to reverse the fate of the clash, which saw Internet Explorer dominate the market for a long time.
The second browser war and the ultimate defeat
Netscape exit, Microsoft lived long, quiet sleeps. However, the belief that they had reached domination in the market slowed down the development of Internet Explorer, which was confronted with two rivals far more aggressive than Nescape: Mozilla Firefox and Google
Their appearance, followed by a rapid and continuous development of new browsers, represented the beginning of the end for Internet Explorer. The home product Microsoft constantly lost market share.
Between 2012 and 2013 Chrome overcame Internet Explorer as the most used browser. In the following years the gap widened inexorably, decreeing the end for Microsoft’s old software.
Edge definitely takes the place of Internet Explorer
Edge, Microsoft’s new browser, has not yet followed the lucky footsteps of its predecessor.
However, he points out Redmond’s company, Edge is not only a faster, safer and more modern browsing experience than the Internet Explore.
Above all, it is able to solve a key problem: compatibility for websites and less recent applications.
For these reasons, Microsoft announced that the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be withdrawn. Support will no longer be available on June 15, 2022 for some versions of Windows 10.