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Internet Explorer is dead, Microsoft redirects to Edge

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Since this morning, when we connect to Internet Explorer, a message appears to warn us that the browser has retired and that the applications and sites we were using can open in Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode. The title of the message is unequivocal: The future of Internet Explorer goes through Microsoft Edge.

The browser launched 27 years ago will therefore join BlackBerry devices, modems connected to the telephone network and Palm Pilots in the catacombs of technology.

The disappearance of Explorer is not surprising. A year ago, Microsoft announced that its retirement would take place on June 15, 2022, encouraging Internet users to adopt the Edge browser, launched in 2015.

The Internet Explorer browser has been retired.

Photo: Microsoft

The company has clearly announced that the time has come to move on. Not only does Microsoft Edge offer a faster, safer and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it also fixes an important problem: compatibility with older websites and applications. had indicated in a blog, in May 2021, the general manager of Microsoft Edge Enterprise, Sean Lyndersay.

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Internet users hailed the disappearance of Explorer on Twitter, in particular by recalling that it had been the best browser to install other browsers.

When Internet Explorer replaced Netscape

Microsoft had launched the first version of Internet Explorer in 1995, a time during which Netscape Navigator was the favorite of Internet users. Its appearance marked the beginning of the end of Navigator: Microsoft subsequently tied Explorer and its Windows operating system together so closely that many simply started using it as the default, rather than Navigator.

The United States Department of Justice sued Microsoft in 1997, accusing it of imposing its browser as a condition for using Windows. An agreement was finally reached in 2002. Microsoft also had a fight with European authorities, who claimed that the union between Explorer and Windows gave Explorer an unfair advantage against rivals such as Firefox from Mozilla, Opera and Chrome from Google. .

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Users, meanwhile, complained about Explorer’s slowness, tendency to crash, and vulnerability to cyberattacks. Its market share, which exceeded 90% in the early 2000s, began to decline when Internet users discovered more attractive options.

Today, Chrome comes first with about 65% of the global browser market, ahead of Apple’s Safari with 19%, according to Statcounter. Edge lags far behind with 4%, just ahead of Firefox.

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