The end of Microsoft Internet Explorer

The end of Microsoft Internet Explorer

2021 is the last year that Internet Explorer will be supported and available for download. In the coming months, this will be scaled back more and more, leading to Microsoft moving completely to the Chromium version of Edge. In this blog post, we take a look back at Internet Explorer and the previous Edge browser.

In the past, there were many browsers that were considered the way to go on the Internet, from the first Lynx browsers that looked like teletext to Netscape. When Microsoft launched Internet Explorer with the Windows operating system in 1995, it was the logical choice for many to use. It was, of course, already installed along with Windows. So it was available to everyone, including the growing market of computer users. From college students to the elderly. Everyone was familiar with Windows and therefore Internet Explorer. Even so indoctrinated was the Internet Explorer icon with the Internet that this was the default way of thinking for many.

Internet Explorer is (finally) coming to an end

Internet Explorer was a huge success from the beginning, and many early web applications required its use. From government agencies to hospitals to education. Many of these agencies still use Internet Explorer today to run their internal software frequently. These web applications will all need to be updated in the near future to stay current. Without proper updates, the functionality and security of Internet Explorer cannot be guaranteed.

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The new Microsoft Edge still has a compatibility mode for Internet Explorer, but it is limited in functionality and does not provide a full Internet Explorer experience. There is no guarantee that your web application will work in compatibility mode.

Microsoft Edge, failed and now back with a new architecture

The earlier versions of Microsoft Edge were supposed to provide a modern internet browser that was not just for Windows computers. This was seen as the browser for mobile use, with tablet and modern devices blurring the lines between mobile and desktop use. Also on other operating systems. Released in 2014 and still based on the Internet Explorer engine, a recipe that ultimately failed to deliver.

In 2018, the decision was finally made to untie the knot and rebuild Edge from the ground up - this time using Google Chrome's open-source engine, Chromium. But with the look and feel of Microsoft. The result is a browser that has all the benefits of Google Chrome, but with Microsoft's user interface and performance. It's too early to tell if this vision of Microsoft will come true in 2021. But the numbers are slowly increasing, partly as a result of the hard pressure Microsoft is applying to get users to use the new Edge first.

What does this mean for the future?

Specifically, it means that Hand is also being forced to move to the newer web standards and that Internet Explorer is no longer an issue that you need to make your website suitable for. If you are still one of the people or organizations that rely on Internet Explorer, you need to switch now. Just like the end of Windows XP, it can be very dangerous, even irresponsible, to continue running these applications.

Also, you don't have to consider Internet Explorer for every website. And the piece of code for CSS, Javascript, and other things that Internet Explorer can't handle can finally be removed. This brings better standards for the future, and can now be targeted at modern browsers only. This will also make your website cleaner in code, which can only help speed.

Microsoft isn't done with the development of the new Edge browser yet, and states that they will also improve privacy protection in the future, such as blocking trackers and other partially malicious software on a website. An important point in today's news. After the introduction and success of the Brave browser, which we at also use daily, the demand for it is clear. Users don't always want to be tracked with a Facebook pixel, Google Analytics code, ads and profiling of your internet behavior. This should also be done once, with the use of the Brave browser these things are blocked. And you can see the numbers on this with each new tab. It's also concerning how many things are blocked based on a day of browsing.

But the future will tell how this is handled. A farewell to the internet browser that a large generation grew up with, Internet Explorer.

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