Short Bytes: Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser is now 21 years old. After serving the users for many years, now it’s no longer Microsoft’s priority. While the company continues to roll out security fixes for IE11, it’s focusing on a new web browser called Microsoft Edge that comes with Windows 10.
On August 16, 2016, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser turned 21 years old. It turns out that the software giant rolled out the first version of Internet Explorer on August 16, 1995.
Turning the pages of history, we come to know that Internet Explorer 1 was released with Windows 95. In a short period of time, it managed to beat Netscape to become the most popular web browser on PCs running Windows operating system.
— IEEE (@IEEEorg) August 16, 2016
Internet Explorer was offered as a part of the Internet Jumpstart Kit in Microsoft Plus for Windows 95. Interestingly, IE was created by a team of just six employees.
Five years later, in the early 2000’s, Internet Explorer faced tough competition from Mozilla Firefox, a fast and customizable we browser. Later, in 2008, Google launched its own web browser named Google Chrome. Microsoft tried hard to make changes and stay relevant, but couldn’t match the features and fast release cycle of Chrome.
At the moment, Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of this vintage browser that’s supported for enterprise purposes. While Microsoft won’t be releasing any new set of features, IE will continue to get security patches.
Now, Microsoft is focusing fully on Microsoft Edge. In its latest Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Redmond released numerous updates and fixes for its web browser.
Looking at the current market, Google Chrome continues to maintain its position as the desktop web browser leader. It’ll be interesting to see how well Microsoft Edge performs in the upcoming days.
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