Birthed and brought into the world on August 15, 1995, the now 26-year-old Internet Explorer was laid to rest today, June 15, 2022; that truly auspicious day will go down in history. Ok, maybe not, but it should. The dirty old granddad of internet browsers has been collecting malware and viruses like a pirate for longer than many have been alive. My adult kids don’t even remember Internet Explorer.
We knew this day would come as Microsoft announced last year that it would officially retire the ancient (for browsers) Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022 and unlike Internet Explorer in recent years, that plan worked to perfection.
The irascible browser pirate was not only a game-changer when it first arrived on our shores, but it also got into serious trouble with the United States and European governments when Microsoft started packaging it with Windows leading to an antitrust suit which Microsoft lost. The loss in court forced them to allow users to download and use other internet browsers on Windows-powered computers.
Let’s give Internet Explorer its due; it revolutionized internet browsing for a generation and brought Active X Controls, allowing executable HTML code to exist. It was a revelation that created a better, richer, fuller browsing experience. It also became an endless security nightmare that Explorer never fully recovered from. However, like many pirates who suffered from scurvy, Explorer carried on as Microsoft dropped the ball for a long time, allowing competitors like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome to take flight.
Since the 2015 release of Microsoft Edge, the company has been begging users to switch and let Explorer retire, but many refused to let go. Hence, Microsoft kept supporting the aging browser with splints and bandaids until last year’s announcement that the end had finally come for the 26-year-old former champion of the internet. You could choose to keep using it on your own, but know there will be no more security updates, and you’re risking a lot. Would you let one of your family members kiss a pirate with a cough? I would hope not.
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