Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows Internet Explorer, commonly abbreviated IE or MSIE) is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included in the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, starting in 1995.
In 2015 Microsoft announced that they discontinued Internet Explorer, and replaced it with Microsoft Edge.
Why It Was Rotten
- It was essentially the only browser, the only other options of web browsing other than IE were Opera, Phoenix, and the dying Netscape.
- It was really slow, insecure and unstable.
- It took them a very very long time to release a browser that even somewhat conformed to the standards, resulting in a broken internet for years.
- Even Microsoft knows that this web browser is bad, as seen in this commercial.
- ActiveX is a security hole.
- Microsoft even made it so you couldn't uninstall it from Windows. They did this by integrating Internet Explorer into Windows.
- This integration also made it impossible to use multiple versions of Internet Explorer without dual-booting or virtual machines.
- This also causes performance issues on Windows even if you didn't use Internet Explorer.
- This integration allowed Internet Explorer 4 to replace Windows Explorer in Windows 95 with itself as the file manager.
- LitePC was able to make a business off being able to uninstall this browser!
- Without this web browser, we wouldn't have the awesomeness that is Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
- By IE11, most of the features that people criticized for Internet Explorer were fixed.
- Windows 8 ditched Internet Explorer integration, making it possible to uninstall Internet Explorer.
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