Longstanding staple of the world wide web, Internet Explorer, has passed away. Explorer has closed it’s browser window for the last time at the young age of 27. Cause of death, obsolescence.
Explorer suffered many illnesses, causing glitches and incredibly slow speeds. It was virus-ridden, and many attempted to use it’s own insecurities against it. Hopefully, it will rest in peace without worry of disappointing anyone in the future.
Born in 1995, Internet Explorer became one of the most popular tools for accessing the Internet. Explorer leaves behind its Microsoft family. Its little brother Edge will be taking over all internet duties for the family business. It’s said that because Explorer couldn’t keep up with the times, Edge surpassed it and caused the decision to retire it. Explorer never saw it that way and was happy for his little brother’s success.
One of the most significant things that Explorer achieved was winning the first browser war. Years before Google Chrome(2008) and FireFox(2004) there was Netscape. Older generations remember seeing discs in retail stores with Netscape trying to get us hooked by offering free time to use it. Explorer was free with an additional download pack that accompanied Microsoft PCs in 1995. Netscape would not become free to the public until 1998, and by then it was already too late.
“If Explorer hadn’t come to me with that bundling idea, we may not have been as successful with our products,” Bill Gates [probably] said. “Explorer insisted that packaging it with our new computers was the way to go. Internet Explorer will definitely be missed by everyone here at Microsoft.”
The internet mourns this morning as we say goodbye to our old friend. “Internet Explorer paved the way for many of us browsers,” someone who used to work at Google Chrome whispered. “FireFox, Safari, Edge and myself would not have become what we are now if it wasn’t for Explorer. It was a true trailblazer and we will honor the name with respect and dignity.”
Internet Explorer will be missed by many, especially the older generation that remembers using it. It may not have been the best, but it was all we had.