We use the internet for a wide variety of things. On a personal level, we use the network of networks all throughout the day to communicate with our loved ones, check up on the news, and learn information. On the other hand, on a professional level, the internet is used by us to check what we have been assigned, work on it, and finally, submit it on the relevant portal. Besides, we also use the internet for various online tools and to communicate with our colleagues at work. With increasing digitization in the world, the internet is becoming increasingly important as it enables real-time communication as well as the opportunity for companies and people to use online servers for the storage and processing of computing devices. 

When something becomes so significant to us, it is only natural for us to think about different aspects of it and incorporate them into our discussions. While a part of the human population spends its time playing its part in the AT & T vs Xfinity Internet debate, other people like to delve deep into the evolution of the internet. Yet another sector of the population likes to delve into the history of certain sub-phenomena related to the global network. In the case that you belong to one of the people we mentioned last, it does make all the sense in the world for you to keep reading this post. The reason we say this is because we will be delving deep into the history of Internet Explorer.

Why Are We Doing This?

The reason we chose to delve deep into the history of Internet Explorer should be pretty obvious in the case that you have been following the news lately. On the 14th of March of this year, Microsoft announced that it would be discontinuing support for Internet Explorer. It goes without saying for people who already know but for those of us who do not know yet, Microsoft was the founder of Internet Explorer (hence, you find Internet Explorer on Microsoft laptops and not on Apple laptops which feature Apple Safari.) The reason Microsoft gave for pulling back funding from the browser was as follows: the new Microsoft laptops all came with Microsoft Edge and all new Microsoft Windows operating systems were designed to be better compatible with Microsoft Edge rather than Internet Explorer. At this point, you may be asking what is Microsoft Edge? Microsoft Edge is the successor of Internet Explorer which we will be talking about later. 

The History of Internet Explorer

Work on Internet Explorer was happening as early as 1994. The first version of the browser came in 1995. Within a few days, it was able to become all the rage as it offered to so many what no other could offer previously. Alongside giving more functionality, Internet explorer was just faster and better than all the rest of the browsers. Indeed, it was so useful that if its manufacturer – Microsoft – had not launched a successor to it, we believe that it would still have a momentous daily number of new subscribers. In total, Microsoft came up with eleven versions of the Internet Explorer browser from as early as 1995 to as recently as 2013. All of them received massive levels of success. In fact, Internet Explorer remained the dominant player in the browser market before Google Chrome came in and started giving it tough competition. In the case that you belong to the younger generation of folks who started using computing devices only after the dominance of Internet Explorer, now you know why your parents had a deep affection for this browser. 

Microsoft Edge – The Successor To Internet Explorer

Microsoft Edge is an internet browser created by, as the name suggests, Microsoft as a successor to Internet Explorer. Even though it is widely considered and indeed is the newer version of the Microsoft browsers, it was actually founded a while ago back in 2015. It can be found in all laptops that are using Windows 7 or above. Just to give you some context, there are actually a grand total of eleven versions of Windows. 


All we can hope for is that Internet Explorer is forever recognized as a symbol of top-notch innovation in history.