Microsoft retires Internet Explorer after 27 years: End of an era

After nearly 27 years of giving access to the World Wide Web,  Internet Explorer is finally bidding farewell.

The iconic Microsoft product was the pioneer in web browsing and became an instant hit when it launched in 1995.

Microsoft spent over $100 million each year on developing Internet Explorer in the late 1990s.

At its 2002 peak, Internet Explorer commanded 95% of the browser market.

Delay in new versions, bugs, security issues and low speed soon sent users to newer, faster and better browsers.

In 2022, IE stood at just 1.8% of browser usage, compared to 73% by the browser leader Google Chrome.

Users who click the IE icon now will be redirected to Microsoft Edge, the company's new answer to web browsing, in "IE mode".

Eventually, Microsoft plans to release a Windows Update to remove all IE icons from devices.