The inclusion of Internet Explorer in the ubiquitous Windows operating system and the requirement that it be used on some government websites has made the browser an essential part of daily life for millions of people, he said. declared.
It also accelerated the demise of Netscape Navigator, the world’s first commercial web browser.
“Internet Explorer certainly wasn’t the first browser, but its inclusion in Windows in the mid-1990s really helped bring the Web to a very large user base,” and made the Internet more widely accessible, said the Professor Nelson.
Even so, he said, “it was never a great browser”.
“If you wanted to do high-performance stuff or you were cutting edge, anything from Microsoft was like driving your mother’s Toyota Camry,” Professor Nelson said. “It got the job done, but nobody got excited about a really underperforming and unlovable browser.”
In a blog post about the browser’s retirement, Sean Lyndersay, general manager of Microsoft Edge Enterprise, said Wednesday that despite its remarkable role in the evolution of the web, “Internet Explorer’s reputation today is, at rightly so, that of a product from an older era – eccentric behavior and lacking the security of a modern browser.
Over the next few months, users who open Internet Explorer will be redirected to Microsoft Edge with “IE mode”, he wrote.
“Eventually, Internet Explorer will be permanently disabled as part of a future Windows update, in which case Internet Explorer icons on users’ devices will be removed,” he wrote. He called Edge “a faster, more secure and more modern browser”.