For the longest time, people have seen and have used internet explorer. As the years have passed, countless jokes and memes, reliability issues, together with security bugs and issues that come along with it, Microsoft has decided to retire it after more than 25 years of service.
Microsoft has announced the browsers end-of-life support on June 2022, which gives computer users to transition to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera or any other internet browsers out there.
Although there are alternative respectable browsers available for download, there are still some exceptions. Some industrial machines need internet explorer browser to operate.
Microsoft Edge has been developed and marketed to replace internet explorer. Microsoft Edge is a far more reliable and secure browser that can replace the flawed Internet Explorer. The need for internet explorer by the general public went down due to rival browsers. enterprises have eventually began phasing out support for Internet Explorer.
It might sound sentimental to some, however, in ending the support for Internet Explorer, Microsoft would be getting rid of one of the most problematic security ailing the computer world.
This does not surprise a lot of people, since they have been seeing a lot of security patches and updates and bug fixes ever since the software was released. Over the past decade, there have been at least one update per month. This is due to the fact that they are trying to stay one step ahead of hackers who find and exploit vulnerabilities in the browsers in order for them to infiltrate their targeted victims computers. Over the course of over 2 decades, the browser toughened its security but was left behind its competitors in terms of updates and other features that prevent malware from running on the computer.
Internet Explorer debuted together with the release of Windows 95 and it has served us well. A lot of people’s computer experience while growing up involves using Internet Explorer. Even the budding computer programmers back then have relied on using this browser. Most of the older generation would agree that they have used it to create account on Hotmail, MySpace, Friendster and a whole lot more. Some might have even experience a lot of pop-ups, pop-under and other stuff that slowed down their older computers due to malware, adware and spyware.
The nostalgia of using CRT monitors, dial-up Internet’s noisy handshake, and the Internet Explorer browser to browse websites way back is such a trip to memory lane. Without it, growing up in the Windows 95 era would not be possible. It ushered a way for computer users to become IT professionals and most of the work force that uses computers up to this day.
All thanks to Internet Explorer, it led us to where we are as a society of computer users and we all got to see the world wide web as we know it.