Microsoft to unplug Internet Explorer as it seeks edge in browser war

Reuters, May 20, 2021

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is pulling the plug on its once omnipresent browser, Internet Explorer, next year as it prepares to battle market leader Chrome with its slicker Edge browser.

Launched in 1995, Internet Explorer became the dominant browser for over a decade as it was bundled with Microsoft’s Windows operating system that came pre-installed in billions of computers.

The browser, however, started losing out to Google’s Chrome in the late 2000s and has become a subject of countless internet memes for its sluggishness in comparison to its rivals.

To compete better, Microsoft launched the Edge browser in 2015 that runs on the same technology as the Google browser.

As of April, Chrome has a 65% share of the global browser market, followed by Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) Safari, with an 18% share, according to web analytics firm Statcounter. Microsoft Edge has a 3% share, while Internet Explorer has a miniscule share of the market it once dominated.

The Windows software maker said on Wednesday the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 was in its faster and more secure Microsoft Edge.

“Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10,” the company said in a blog post.

The browser was at the heart of an antitrust case against Microsoft more than two decades ago, with a U.S. judge deciding that the software titan had broken the law after it combined Internet Explorer and the Windows operating system.The most serious violations of the law were upheld on appeal, but the company continued to bundle its operating system and browser.


More from the blog

How is the Internet Managed?

There is no single body that manages the internet. There are so many entities involved in the provision of the internet and the management...

Government offers discounts for high-speed internet. Here’s who’s eligible...

PUBLISHED THU, MAY 13 2021Kate Dore, The government wants to cover high-speed internet for millions of low-income Americans.   The $3.2 billion Federal Communications Commission program, the Emergency Broadband...

Is the link between internet adoption and broadband pricing...

by Doug Brake, Alexandra Bruer. Originally published on Policy OptionsApril 16, 2021 Broadband internet access offers a powerful tool – connecting to friends, family, business...