Currently we have a lot of alternative browsers to Internet Explorer 11, which is what it is currently called; some use Edge or Chrome and others prefer to go it alone and use alternatives that offer more functions such as Opera. There are even special browsers for mobile devices.
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However, there was a time when Internet Explorer was the undisputed king, not because it was the best, but because it was the most comfortable and accessible for the user. For this reason, the launch of the first version of Microsoft’s browser is considered a milestone.
On August 16, 1995, that is, 26 years ago, the technology company launched Internet Explorer , which was soon renamed Internet Explorer 1.0 .
The fact that it came integrated with the operating system soon made it the most popular and used web browser. This happened as of Windows 98, since, in the 1995 version, Internet Explorer worked as a plug-in .
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The launch of Internet Explorer 3 in 1996 brought great news, similar to those offered today. That version had CSS support, Java applets and Active X controls.
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In this way, Internet Explorer remained for many years as one of the most popular browsers. This lasted until the emergence of other competitors, who soon caught the attention of users. This increase in the offer marked the fall of the usual browser, which over the years stopped being the most popular.
A walking meme and its future retirement in 2022
Recently, Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 11 will be the last version of its web browser, which will be retired in 2022.
Gradually, the technology company has discouraged its use to favor Edge. At some point, the company itself recognized the errors and vulnerability of what was its most representative browser for several years.
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In fact, a Microsoft cybersecurity officer warned in 2019 that it should not be used in daily work and even published an article called “The dangers of using Internet Explorer as your default browser.”
At the moment, the company maintains this browser only for its compatibility with companies and the need to support previous standards for web access.
However, the Internet community is already saying goodbye to Explorer as it deserves, with many memes .