Say Goodbye to Internet Explorer!

Microsoft finally has thrown in the towel: somewhere next year it will stop running Internet Explorer. The same applies to Microsoft Edge by the way, which Microsoft will update automatically to Microsoft Edge Chromium.

War of the Browsers

Microsoft and Mosaic (Internet Explorer and Netscape) have been caught up in a healthy competition since the nineties. Eventually Microsoft came out on top, and Internet Explorer started dominating the market.

But all good things come to an end and the last several versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer painfully showed that the developers team in charge of the browser were having trouble catching up on the newest technologies. The once so powerful Internet Explorer grew into a big source of frustration with both users and developers. So web users went looking for an efficient solution, with Google gratefully providing the answer.

Google Chrome started to take over big parts of the market share, so Microsoft tried working in a different direction with a new programme called ‘Spartan’. This project initiated the work on developing Microsoft Edge, which broke through as the standard browser on the Windows platform.

What was meant to be an ambitious claim to the market share throne, grew into one of Microsoft's biggest failures. They announced the end of Microsoft Edge and started working on a new browser based on the succesful Google Chrome.

The once so powerful Internet Explorer now causes a lot of frustration with users and developers.

Martijn Werbrouck | Front-end developer at Say Hey

Say goodbye to unexpected bugs

Today the new browser already is reality and Edge automatically devolves into Edge Chromium through Windows updates. The browser can be downloaded on the Microsoft website. Another big advantage is that Edge Chromium is available for Mac users as well. So developers using a Mac can now test their designs and websites on a Windows browser, hooray! No more unexpected bugs!

Is the end of creativity near?

Now that Microsoft made up his mind, a lot of developers wonder if this will be the end of creativity. Google has some of his tech in almost every browser, so it can practically claim a monopoly on web browsers. Only time will tell which consequences Microsoft's decision will have. Though as long as Mozilla keeps Firefox up-to-date and alive, Google will always be challenged to keep improving as well. New digital gadgets are always waiting around the corner.

Support

Don't panic, you can relax and don't have to worry about any changes. When updating Windows, Edge Chromium will automatically replace Edge. They haven't explicitly put an end date on the use of Internet Explorer 11 yet, but its light will slowly fade away during 2021.

Your best browsing options

Actually, there aren't any big differences between the popular options. Chrome, Firefox and Safari all are pushing for market share and try to stay up-to-date. All three are very user-friendly and offer you an efficient and easy browse experience.