It’s a momentous decision that adds yet another nail in the coffin of one of the most hated software products of all time. But IE isn’t going away just yet.
But Microsoft failed to innovate, essentially leaving Internet Explorer 6 alone to gather dust and cobwebs for five years. That frustrated customers and sent them fleeing for greener pastures. Internet Explorer became synonymous with bugs, security problems and outdated technology.
It wasn’t until Internet Explorer 9 in 2011 that Microsoft released a modern browser. Still, to this day, IE still doesn’t support extensions, it isn’t available on non-Windows devices, and it doesn’t sync with other devices by default — all mainstays of Chrome and Firefox.
Microsoft acknowledges that IE isn’t ideal for web browsing.
“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.”
That’s why, for the past five years, Microsoft has been trying — unsuccessfully — to kill Internet Explorer.
Most Windows 10 PC owners probably never noticed that IE is installed on their computers. Edge, a modern browser, is based on Google’s open source Chrome code, and has gained much more traction than IE.
Microsoft said this week IE isn’t going away just yet.
“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.
But the company noted that its latest version of the Edge browser supports web apps built for IE so customers don’t have to keep switching between browsers. Maybe IE won’t last forever after all.