Fellow surfers of Web 2.0, we’re gathered here today to say goodbye to a browser that was loved and hated alike.
On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, Microsoft will formally retire Internet Explorer (condemnation: Internet Explorer). explode) at the mature age of 27 years. Earlier MS Paint had died.
Presumably, the browser will be sent to a farm upstate, where it can spend the rest of its days running into security vulnerabilities and leaking all the memory it wants.
“If you’re a web developer working on a modern website or app, we know you’ve been waiting a long time for this day,” Microsoft wrote last spring in a blog announcing the change. . “Internet Explorer is becoming increasingly difficult to support with modern browsers.”
The browser was born in 1995 and soon became an integral part of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, much to the great concern of rival Netscape Navigator. The package deal gave Microsoft a major advantage as it sought to steal market share from its older, more established rival.
In 1997, with the browser wars raging, Microsoft engineers celebrated the launch of Internet Explorer 4.0 by sneaking a car-shaped version of the program’s logo, a giant “E”, on the front lawn of Netscape’s headquarters. Netscape retaliated by knocking on the structure and placing their mascot, a six-foot dinosaur named Mozilla, on top.
A Netscape spokesperson at the time told the San Francisco Chronicle that they were surprised the world’s largest software company would resort to “immature fraternity tactics.”
By 1999, thanks to its mandatory inclusion with Windows, Internet Explorer held 99% of the market and received the attention of antitrust regulators around the world. A European Commission ordered Microsoft to offer other web browser options, the latter fined the company 561 million euros for failing to comply.
The Internet has changed dramatically in the intervening years; Arguably, much of that innovation stemmed from antitrust actions that prevented Microsoft from fully controlling its development.
Netscape lives on as a reincarnation through Mozilla Firefox, an open-source non-profit project that released its 100th edition in May.
Behind Internet Explorer is Microsoft Edge, a younger sibling born in 2015.