RIP Internet Explorer (1995-2020)

RIP Internet Explorer (1995-2020)
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Today, Microsoft officially launched its new browser, Edge Chromium, into the wild. This marks the final nail in Internet Explorer’s coffin, with the last vestiges of IE’s Trident engine no longer in use.

Back in 2015, Microsoft officially retired the Internet Explorer moniker to make way for Windows 10’s Edge browser. However, as Edge shared a similar logo and the same browser engine, it was far from a clean kill. Today, that finally changes.

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Microsoft’s latest browser is based on Google’s open source software. This means it will be dispensing with EdgeHTML, which was an offshoot of the aforementioned Trident. The move to Chrome’s open-source engine means the last remaining link to the original IE browser will soon be gone.

It’s a sad and ignoble end to a browser that once had an astonishing 95% usage share. Unfortunately (for Microsoft), it couldn’t keep up with a barrage of innovations from the likes of Mozilla and Google.

With all that said, Internet Explorer will remain in Windows 10 for the time-being to maintain compatibility with legacy OS software. (In other words, it’s been turned into an invisible zombie slave. Sniff.)

You can check out Microsoft’s latest stab at a competitive browser here – by all accounts, it’s a significant improvement over Edge, particularly if you’re a fan of third-party widgets. Tell us what you think about Edge Chromium in the comments section below.

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    • I did some testing earlier today. The new version of edge downloads chrome and firefox just fine. You no longer have the coffee break while you wait for it to load though which kinda sucks.

  • Not Happy Jan. New tab cannot be made to come to front automatically (I mean, why would you open a new tab if you didn’t want to look at it straight away??).

    Can’t make Google (or another website of your choice) load automatically on new tabs, only the initial start up tab.

    • (I mean, why would you open a new tab if you didn’t want to look at it straight away??)A lot of my browsing involves an internet search or scrolling through my Feedly, where I open a bunch of new tabs in the background, then go visit them, one-by-one.
      It’s a bit crappy that the option isn’t there, I agree, but that’s how I generally use it anyway.

  • Edge was not IE and it’s this exact attitude that made it fail even though it showed great promise.

    When chrome is your only choice, remember that you contributed to their monopoly.

    Also stop inserting your homepage which I never visited into my history. It’s a clever experience but terrible UX in reality. Thanks.

  • I never liked Chrome.
    Edge fills the screen with too many images. What is wrong with a list from which you can select what you want to see.
    I do not like it.
    Looks like I have to look for a new browser.

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