On June 15th, Microsoft ended support for the browser “Internet Explorer (IE)” for the general public. What role has the software, which has long been used as a window to the Internet, played?
Browser war outbreak
IE was developed based on the browser “NCSA Mosaic” that realized simultaneous display of images and text for the first time, and was released as part of “Microsoft Plus! For Windows 95” in 1995. However, IE became widely used only after it became standard on Windows 98.
IE, which has become a standard feature of Windows 98, has come to be used as a standard browser as the market share of Windows increases. On the other hand, “Netscape Navigator”, which had a high market share before the spread of IE, gradually lost its presence.
On the other hand, IE hasn’t worked at all. In the 2000s, many security holes were discovered, and as a result, “Mozilla Firefox”, the successor browser to Netscape Navigator, gradually increased its share. And it will lead to the dawn of a new browser war.
The rise of Chrome
IE gradually loses market share due to security holes and conservative development policies. Meanwhile, the browser “Chrome” developed by Google has rapidly increased its market share.
Released in 2008, Chrome comes standard with a “tab browser” interface, which was in high demand in the browser industry. It is lightweight and frequently updated, and it is also characterized by the ability to add various functions through extended functions. As a result, in 2012, it quickly became the browser with the largest market share.
After that, IE continued to version, incorporating web standards such as HTML5 and CSS3, and in 2013, the final version “Windows 11” was released. But behind the scenes of Chrome, it never returned to the mainstream of the browser industry.