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Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows Internet Explorer, commonly abbreviated IE or MSIE) is a series of graphical web and search 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, but still maintain it until 2022 and replaced it with Microsoft Edge. Later in 2021, Windows 11 will drop support for Internet Explorer, followed by Internet Explorer 11 ending support on 2022. Windows 8 had dropped mainline support for Internet Explorer and started working on a new browser, codenamed Project Spartan which would then become Microsoft Edge.
- It was essentially the only browser back in the day; the only other options of web browsing other than Internet Explorer were Opera, Phoenix, and the dying Netscape.
- It was sluggish, insecure and unstable.
- It took them a lengthy 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 isn't good, as seen in this commercial.
- 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 with the Windows Desktop Update.
- LitePC was able to make a business off being able to uninstall this browser!
- This is often regarded as the worst web browser due to how outdated it is.
- Without this web browser, we wouldn't have the awesomeness that is Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
- By Internet Explorer 11, most of the features that people criticized for Internet Explorer were fixed.
- It was succeeded by Microsoft Edge, which at first gained similar reception. Then Microsoft revamped it and made it Chromium-based, and Edge is now considered just as good as the likes of Chrome and Firefox.
- It could be considered nostalgic for some people.