Tech News: Internet Explorer, the web browser we love and hate, will disappear next year..
Internet Explorer is nearing the end of a long, slow death, Microsoft announced this week. At 25, the much-reviled web browser that once dominated the internet couldn’t shake its reputation as a slow and flawed browsing option.
Microsoft has moved away from the product since at least 2015, when it introduced its successor, Microsoft Edge (formerly known as Project Spartan). By mid-June next year, the Internet Explorer desktop app will finally be silenced.
Microsoft 365, the company’s subscription-based app package, will say its goodbye to the browser this August. The video conferencing platform, Microsoft Teams, had already buried Internet Explorer last November. But within the new browser, the ghost of Internet Explorer still lives on for those who choose to believe: Edge offers a built-in Internet Explorer mode.
While it may seem odd to young people whose Internet experiences don’t revolve around the blue “e” icon, Explorer was once seen as an unstoppable part of a monopoly.
When Windows introduced Explorer in 1995, its success killed the once leader Netscape Navigator. At its peak in the early 2000s, Explorer controlled 95% of the browser market.
Yet Explorer refused to die. Microsoft has tried to revitalize its image by recognizing the browser’s bad reputation. In 2012, it launched a fun ad campaign that rebranded Explorer as “the browser you loved to hate”. In fact, his bad image served as meme fodder: a browser too slow to load the news of his disappearance, or the best browser to download a superior one.
In a 2014 “Ask me anything” discussion on Reddit, Microsoft engineers who worked on the browser said the company had discussed renaming Explorer to “separate us. from negative perceptions that today no longer reflect our product “.
But it was too late: the damage had been done. Frustrated users had already flocked to Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome. Also in 2015, AdWeek’s Kristina Monllos told NPR that an expiration date for the troubled browser was overdue.
On social media, people familiar with Explorer paid tribute to a faulty browser. “Internet Explorer is reliably unreliable, what a legacy,” he wrote Twitter user Adriana Figueroa. Others were surprised that Explorer was still kicking.
Next summer, Internet Explorer will join other rude services in the nostalgic graveyard of the Internet’s past, following the fate of the company Hotmail and its famous Windows mascot “Clippy”.