What Happened To Microsoft’s Internet Explorer?

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What Happened To Microsoft’s Internet Explorer?

Jordan Letchford
September 15th, 2017

Growing up, Internet Explorer was the go to web browser in many people’s homes. It was reliable for the time, but time has proven that it hasn’t aged well. With constant crashing and slow page loading, this browser all of a sudden seemed to just disappear off the face of the earth. However, I will tell you what actually happened to ‘Internet Explorer’ and drove its demise.


Microsoft’s Internet explorer went live in 1995 and was terminated in 2013. In the eighteen-year reign of the web browser, it managed to develop eleven versions that were initially well received. This was until competitors started to develop, and rise in power and functionality above the browser. In May 2012, Google chrome actually overtook Internet Explorer as the most used Internet browser worldwide.


Internet Explorer was a reliable platform at the turn of the century when computers first started to become a household item. With more people buying computers, it inevitably led to more people getting online, and this increased traffic was something that Internet Explorer seemed to not be able to handle. For a long time, it seemed on top of things, but gradually there started to be security issues that would put web users at risk and, as well as that, the browser started to slow down.


With advances in mobile technology, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari became competitors of Internet Explorer, as all browsers were compatible with mobile devices. Internet Explorer didn’t transition well to the mobile platform causing the popularity to spike in its competitors.




The difference between Internet Explorer and the newly most used web browser around the world, Google Chrome, is the fact that Google Chrome has a user-friendly interface. Internet Explorer was rather complex to navigate around, with lots of unnecessary toolbars, buttons and pop-ups. As well as this, the speed that Google Chrome can offer is far superior to what Internet Explorer could have ever achieved.


Although Internet Explorer is no more, Microsoft created an offspring of the browser and named it ‘Microsoft Edge’. It looks as though Edge is almost trying to replicate Google Chrome, as it couldn’t be more different to what Internet Explorer was like. Edge has adopted a streamline browser with barely any buttons and one slim toolbar that runs across the top of the web page. There is nothing to get in the way of the new, simplistic, user-friendly design. Although the browser is fast, it has been found that it struggles with customisation and handling extensions.


Microsoft Edge is a revamped version of Internet Explorer that is struggling with popularity and traffic in the same way as Internet Explorer was at its end. Although it might be Microsoft’s default browser on a Windows PC, I’m sure with 44% of the population downloading Google Chrome, it will be one of the first icons on their desktop that they choose to delete.


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