Starting November 30, its workplace chat software Teams of Microsoft will no longer be available on Internet Explorer (IE), the company has announced. This will also include the Office products which will no longer work on IE starting August 17, 2021.
Analysts view this as a major decision by Microsoft as this adds yet another nail in the coffin for a software product that has been labeled as one of the most hated ever.
However IE is not going away just yet.
It has been 25 years that IE is still around. It has been years that the Internet Explorer has steadily been on a downward trajectory even though it was most-used web browser once. According to browser usage tracker NetMarketShare, the share of Internet Explorer of the global browser market went down below the 50 per cent threshold in 2010 and currently its share is only about 4 per cent. Currently, with 71 per cent share of the market, the current browser leader is Google’s Chrome.
Launched in 1995 as part of Windows 95, Internet Explorer was an instant hit with internet users. It managed to easily replace the then popular Netscape Navigator and during the early 2000s, it achieved a virtual monopoly in the browser market. About 95 per cent of the global browser market was commanded by Internet Explorer at its 2002 peak.
But there was hardly any innovation of Internet Explorer by Microsoft and the last update that as done to it was available in Internet Explorer 6 which lasted for five years. That prompted frustrated customers to look for alternatives with better features. Incidents and abundance of bugs, security problems and outdated technology further downgrade Internet Explorer.
Finally in 2006, Internet Explorer 7 was released by Microsoft. But by that time the damage was done resulting alternatives Firefox and then Chrome beating it in market share.
Microsoft released a modern browser in the form of Internet Explorer 9 in 2011. But despite that, extensions are not supported by Internet Explorer till this date long with its unavailability on non-Windows devices. Internet Explorer also does not sync with other devices by default unlike the more popular browsers Chrome and Firefox.
IE isn’t ideal for web browsing, Microsoft has also acknowledges.
“Customers have been using IE 11 since 2013 when the online environment was much less sophisticated than the landscape today,” the company said in its announcement Monday. “Since then, open web standards and newer browsers — like the new Microsoft Edge — have enabled better, more innovative online experiences.”
According to reports, Microsoft has been unsuccessfully trying to bring an end to Internet Explorer over the past five years.
the company was considering a name change to “separate ourselves from negative perceptions” about the browser, acknowledged Microsoft’s Internet Explorer engineers in an “Ask Me Anything” chat on Reddit in 2014.
In its place, an entirely new browser Edge was developed and launched by Microsoft in 2015.
“We want to be clear that IE 11 isn’t going away and that our customers’ own legacy IE 11 apps and investments will continue to work,” Microsoft said.
(Adapted from CNN.com)