After 27 years of being one of the first and most popular web browsers, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was officially pulled the plug on yesterday.
Microsoft ended support for the Internet explorer more than a year after the company said that its Internet Explorer 11 Windows 10 desktop app would be retired in favor of its relatively new browser- Microsoft Edge.
“Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications,” Microsoft said of its newer browser, which launched in 2015, in a blog post.
The Internet Explorer, which came out in 1995, was once the most popular web browser, reportedly having 95% of the market in 2003. Usage dropped as rivals like Google Chrome rose and Microsoft made the Chromium-powered Edge its default browse.
StatCounter indicated it’s recently held around 0.5% of the market, which is one of the most valid reasons why Microsoft decided to put an end to it.
Soon after the announcement, Twitter was flooded with Explorer memes, including tombstones and coffins bearing the iconic logo of the browser.