Jun 15, 2022 - Technology

Microsoft pulls plug on Internet Explorer today after 27 years

The Internet Explorer browser on a phone.
The Internet Explorer browser interface on a phone. Photo: Costfoto/Future Publishing via Getty Images

Microsoft's Internet Explorer sunsets today, after more than 20 years.

Driving the news: The announcement came last year from Microsoft that they would be retiring the browser today and that they would be shifting their focus to their new browser Microsoft Edge.

  • Microsoft Edge will be able to access "older, legacy websites and applications" through an Internet Explorer mode, according to Microsoft's announcement.
  • Its few remaining users were devastated.
  • “I’m still trying to process it,” Sam Maumalanga told the Wall Street Journal. “I’ve used it for so long—it’s the first thing I get on on my laptop.”

Our thought bubble: The IE browser lay at the heart of the Justice Department's antitrust case against Microsoft that consumed the industry for five years beginning in 1997 and came close to a government-mandated breakup of the tech giant, per Axios' Scott Rosenberg.

  • At the time, critics feared that Microsoft's effort to weave the browser into its operating system would give the firm a dominant position over the nascent web.
  • They settled in 2002, per CBS News.
  • Internet Explorer was the dominant web browser for a while with over 90% of the market share in the early 2000s, per CBS News.
  • The Chrome browser now dominates the world market with roughly a 65% share, followed by Safari, CBS reports.
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