Internet Explorer has been under the scanner for quite some time now and now Microsoft has decided to discontinue Internet Explorer and save themselves from being the butt of the rumor. There was a time when Internet Explorer was our only go to option but the time soon changed people moved on to faster and secure browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari etc and Microsoft being rigid with Internet Explorer’s growth had to suffer a lot due to that.
Finally, the news is that they are shutting Internet Explorer down. Let’s take a look at the journey of Internet Explorer so far.
The Beginning of Internet Explorer
The very first Internet Explorer was derived from Spyglass Mosaic. The browser was then modified and released as IEr. Microsoft originally released it in Internet Explorer 1.0 in August 1995 and via the OEM release of Windows 95. After few months, Version 1.5 was released for Windows NT. Version 2.0 was released for both Windows 95 and Windows NT in November 1995, featuring support for SSL, cookies, VRML and internet newsgroups. Version 2 was released for Macintosh Operating System and Windows 3.1 in April 1996.
What caused the death of Internet Explorer?
Since a long time tech bloggers were predicting the death of IE but it still comes as a surprise that finally Microsoft has lost all hopes on one of the oldest browsers available at the moment. Internet Explorer battled alone for a long time without any external support from their first-time users because even they wanted a fast browsing experience that is changed over a period of time, something that IE could never achieve.
When Microsoft gave the demo of their latest high speed, light browser Spartan, there were rumors that the curtain could fall anytime on IE and that is what has happened. Microsoft confirmed that the company will retire the “Internet Explorer” name once Spartan launches and that internal testing for what the name will be is currently ongoing.
What will be the aftermath of IE’s discontinuation?
Tom Warren from Microsoft said at The Verge that IE may stick around for Enterprise Compatibility for time being as it is not that easy to change complex systems overnight, so Microsoft will be giving the companies enough time to switch their technologies.
In a way, if we look at Internet Explorer’s history then it stayed for a little less than 20 years, which is an achievement in an age where Technology changes from season to season.
Let us see what Microsoft plans with the hyped light weight, fast browser Spartan, as there is so much that we expect from Spartan that they can’t afford to fail this time. If you would like us to add something to the article, you can mention it in the comments section below.