Microsoft is saying goodbye to Internet Explorer, hello to Edge

Internet Explorer once controlled 95% of the browser market. Today, it has <1% share and Microsoft is moving onto the Edge browser.

May 24, 2021

But how will we explore the internet now? (Source: Getty Images / Fairfax Media)

It’s time for Internet Explorer — the browser that once dominated the web — to say farewell.

Microsoft will retire its flagship browser with few exceptions on June 15, 2022.

Internet Explorer (IE) debuted in 1995…

At its height in 2003, it held 95% of the browser market share.

That means nearly everyone was using it to send spooky chain letters from Hotmail accounts and browse “X-Files” fan sites on Angelfire.

As security and speed issues bubbled up and competing browsers emerged — like Firefox in 2002 and Google Chrome in 2008 — IE quickly fell out of favor.

The Chrome takeover

In 2010, the BBC reported that IE held just 59.9% of the market share compared to Firefox’s 24.5% and Google Chrome’s 6.7%.

And here’s what browser market share looks like today, according to StatCounter’s most recent worldwide numbers:

  • Chrome: 65%
  • Safari: 19%
  • Firefox: 4%
  • Microsoft Edge: 3%
  • IE: <1% (womp womp womp)

Microsoft is replacing IE with its Edge browser

The Big Tech behemoth says Edge — which dropped in 2015 using Google’s Chromium source code — is “faster, more secure and more modern.”

Some features:

  • Sleeping tabs: which make the dozens of tabs you have open use less CPU
  • Collections: which let you gather pages, text, and pictures
  • Vertical tabs: which are easier to read and look cleaner

Hey, remember Netscape Navigator? We don’t either.

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