“We announce that the future of Internet Explorer in Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge.” It was with these words that Microsoft announced the end of its historic browser on May 19, 2021. An announcement that will take effect on June 15, 2022, because technical support for Internet Explorer is being phased out under Windows 10. By August 2021, Microsoft 365 had stopped supporting the browser, and the company had gradually abandoned it.
However, the few remaining Internet Explorer users may be reassured: Edge, Microsoft’s second browser launched in 2015, will take control. “Microsoft Edge has Internet Explorer built-in mode”, the American company assured on its blog at the time of the announcement of the judgment of the browser. Adaptation required by the structuring of many software and business applications: “Many organizations have a surprisingly high number of legacy technology sites.”Microsoft explained at the time that counted “an average of 1,678 older applications” In companies.
“It’s a page that turns. It’s one of the best stages of the web.”analyzes digital journalist Jérôme Colombain, who compares it to the termination of some Microsoft flagship programs, such as Windows 98. “It’s the end of an era and one of the symbols of the Internet explosion”confirms Benjamin Vincent, a journalist specializing in new technologies and author of the New World column on franceinfo.
However, if June 15 is the official closing date for Internet Explorer, “It won’t change much because the browser was no longer used and replaced by Edge”, emphasizes Jérôme Colombain, who is also the producer of the Digital World podcast. If we look at the numbers offered by Statcounter, in April 2022, only 0.39% of the listings on the site were created from Internet Explorer, compared to 64.34% from Chrome, the giant Google browser. “In fact, there are no lambda internet users who still use Internet Explorer because the current site is no longer really compatible with these technologies.”, describes Éric Le Bourlout. According to the journalist, only “pointed use” certain software or applications may cause Internet users to continue to open Internet Explorer.
Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share
Needless to say, the browser and its creator, Microsoft, have gradually discouraged users from using it. “Microsoft left it a long time ago”says Éric Le Bourlout. “It was technically and security obsolete because it was no longer updated.” According to him, “Microsoft has not been able to keep up with technological progress and has been satisfied with the absolute minimum, it has completely missed some important web milestones.”. The same observation on the part of Benjamin Vincent, which points to the unsuccessful turning of the smartphone.
“The launch of the iPhone and then the smartphones coincides with the decline of Internet Explorer. It reminds me of a mistake made by record companies that didn’t see the arrival of MP3s.”Benjamin Vincent, a journalist specializing in new technologies
Microsoft thus left behind and “it took me a long time to respond to it all”, regrets Éric Le Bourlout. Therefore, they did not spare in 2015, once the observation was made: quit Internet Explorer, hello Edge. Since its launch, the new browser has had to replace its ancestor and start on a new basis. At the moment, however, it is trying to convince, with only 4.05% of users in April 2022. However, this official end of Internet Explorer is “failure” for Eric Le Bourlout. Benjamin Vincent confirms: “Microsoft has missed an opportunity to maintain its leadership position.”
So if Internet Explorer has been pushed to the bottom of drawers for several years, why does the end seem so symbolic to us? “It was an example of Microsoft’s omnipotence on the Internetanalyzes Jérôme Colombain. They dominated. “ And for good reason: after leaving the Internet for lack of conviction about his interest, Bill Gates allowed his company a sensational entry into the field by launching Internet Explorer in 1995.
“Internet Explorer was the standard. It was a universal thing that evolved and worked everywhere.”Jérôme Colombain, journalist and podcast producer of the “Digital World” podcast.
This was also a necessity when installing Windows, Microsoft forced users to choose their browser. The practice also brought the company lawsuits in the United States and fined Europe for anti-competitive practices. But the result was here: “At its peak, in 2004, it grew to 95% market share”therefore emphasize Echoes. In January 2009, the browser still collected 64.97% of records on the network, where Google Chrome, the current leader, only 1.37%.
All of this has made Internet Explorer a myth. “Attachment is generational and emotional”says Jérôme Colombain. “Many people discovered the web with him”, abounds Éric Le Bourlout. For Benjamin Vincent, the navigator “He has a small page of Proust’s Madeleine! People over the age of 25 have necessarily surfed sometimes thanks to Internet Explorer. We have turned the page to the logo and name that has accompanied us for more than twenty years.”
The symbol is that some have taken the name of the browser to make fun of it. So the @intrnetexp Twitter account enjoys relying on current events to gather old information. “It’s an icon! Internet Explorer knows everyone, even someone who isn’t very digital.”, assures the creator of the parody account. What was initially just a joke among friends quickly took hold in the Microsoft browser name:
“It’s still a classic internet meme: it’s outdated, nothing works on it, it reminds us of old CDI computers in colleges, where it was the only browser … It’s getting funny because it’s so poorly optimized!”Twitter account creator @intrnetexp
For those who are nostalgic after the Internet Explorer era, the account creator promises “mark hit”. But I don’t know what will happen to the account: “Either we stop there, and it could be a very interesting ending, or we’ll use this innovation to carry it. But the jokes on Internet Explorer will continue for people who know, and the browser will be able to live on in spite of everything.”
Microsoft did not respond to our request for an interview.