Microsoft is finally letting go of the consumer version of Internet Explorer. the plan was announced in 2021, making Internet Explorer 11 its final version.
Internet Explorer was launched on Windows desktop computers in the year 1995 and by 2004, had monopolized 95 percent of the market. However, Google Chrome, Apple’s Safari, and Mozilla Firefox are dominant search engines in the industry now. Users intending to stay with Microsoft are being led to Microsoft Edge, which debuted in 2015, together with Windows 10.
Internet Explorer’s fame was diminished by the debut of quicker browsers like Chrome and Firefox, as users gained on the latest applications to operate apps including Google Search, Facebook, and YouTube. The increase of smartphones then arguably conveyed the lethal blow, with Apple’s pre-installed Safari browser and Google Chrome on Android phones assisted in directing internet access and usage into the mobile realm.
The use of mobile phone and tablet internet overtook desktops globally for the first time in October 2016, according to stand-alone web analytics company StatCounter. Initially in that year, StatCounter saw Google Chrome adjudge for more than 60 percent of desktop internet usage worldwide, with Internet Explorer and Edge’s united allocation of the desktop market scarcely dropping behind that of Firefox for the first time.
Internet Explorer’s legacy will be remembered long after its discharge, having come pre-installed on Windows computers for over twenty years and will be marked as one of the pivotal tools that shaped the way the internet is used and accessed even today.