The inclusion of Internet Explorer in the ubiquitous Windows operating system and the requirement that it be used on certain government websites made the browser an inescapable part of everyday life for millions, he said.
It also hurried the demise of Netscape Navigatorthe world’s first commercial web browser.
‘Internet Explorer certainly wasn’t the first browser, but its integration into Windows in the mid-1990s really helped bring the Internet to a very large user base,’ said Professor Nelson.
Still, he said, “It was never a great browser.”
“If you wanted to do high-performance stuff or be cutting edge, anything from Microsoft was like driving around in your mother’s Toyota Camry,” Professor Nelson said. “It worked, but no one was keen on a really underperforming, unlovable browser.”
in one blog entry Speaking of the browser’s retirement, Sean Lyndersay, general manager of Microsoft Edge Enterprise, said Wednesday that despite its notable role in the evolution of the Internet, “Internet Explorer’s reputation today is rightly that of a product from an older era — quirky in behavior and without the security of a modern browser.”
In the next few months, users opening Internet Explorer will be redirected to Microsoft Edge with “IE mode,” he wrote.
“At some point, Internet Explorer will be permanently disabled as part of a future Windows update, after which Internet Explorer icons will be removed from users’ devices,” he wrote. He called Edge a “faster, safer, and more modern browser.”