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Why was Internet Explorer discontinued after 26 years of service?

 Why was Internet Explorer discontinued after 26 years of service?

Technology is developing very quickly and increasingly in the current era and for this reason there is no longer a place for anything that does not adapt to the changes of modern technology, and perhaps that was the reason behind Microsoft's endeavor to stop the Internet Explorer browser completely, as the company announced earlier that it will lift support for the browser On June 15, 2022 after more than 26 years of service, what are the actual reasons behind that?

In fact, it seems that Internet Explorer has not been able to survive in the midst of the fierce competition from other Internet browsers, as Google Chrome browser grabs the largest share of the browser market on various devices, followed by other browsers such as Firefox, Safari, and much more. Explorer is less secure and much slower than any other browser, and in this topic we give you a quick glimpse into the history of the browser and the reasons why Microsoft abandoned it.

Internet Explorer success and failure story

The development of the Internet Explorer browser project began by Microsoft in 1995, and the browser appeared for the first time in this year as part of the Windows 95 operating system, and despite the increase in the number of browser users at that time, it was not able to achieve sufficient spread due to the control of Netscape browser At that time, when it had a market share of 90%, and the first version of Internet Explorer was missing many important features and characteristics.

Then in 1996, when the 3.0 version of Internet Explorer was released, the popularity of the browser began to rise dramatically, however, Microsoft faced a legal problem regarding the browser at that time with Spyglass, which was providing the source code for the browser, as Microsoft added the browser for free to Windows and gave up the source code for Spyglass, forcing Microsoft to pay $8 million to settle the case.

In the following years, the Internet Explorer browser was able to gain a very large number of users, as it managed to remove a large share of the market for the popular Netscape browser at the time. However, the browser was not without many flaws that were always associated with it, including security problems and slowness. The end of the browser seems to be near when Firefox appeared in 2004 and Google Chrome in 2008.

After the emergence of these new browsers, the popularity of Explorer decreased significantly over the years, because other browsers came with many features and characteristics that were not available in Internet Explorer until the present time, for example, the browser does not yet support syncing or installing add-ons, in addition to the speed and security problems that It still sticks to the browser until now.

Will Microsoft Edge be the future?

Given all the problems and flaws that were and still exist in the Internet Explorer browser, it has not been able to compete in the Internet browser market, as its market share at the present time does not exceed 1% on computers, and it seems that these people are the ones who use the browser to download Google Chrome only on their devices.

For this reason, Microsoft plans to focus more on the Microsoft Edge browser, which was released in 2015, as it is considered much better than the traditional browser Internet Explorer and also comes installed by default on newer versions of the Windows operating system. Edge will be the future as it not only offers a faster, safer and more modern browsing experience but is also capable of running legacy websites and apps.

However, despite the passage of more than 7 years since the release of the Edge browser, its market share is still around 4%, while Chrome browser controls more than 62% of the browser market, followed by Apple’s Safari browser with a share of 19.3%, and Firefox has a share of 4.2 % of the market, do you expect a greater penetration of the Edge browser in the future? Share your opinion with us in the comments.