Whatever happened to …

… Internet Explorer?

A long time ago and on a computer far away, I had two web browsers installed on my computer. One was Netscape Navigator and the other was Internet Explorer. I needed them since not all websites would work with either. It was a strange time online.

Today, I guess you would call the two of them legacy web browsers. Actually, even before this, I had Mosaic installed and it made a Sunday What happened to post here.

I never was a fan of Internet Explorer (IE). It seemed too corporate in its feel and operation. Netscape Navigator seemed cooler and hipper. Besides, our CIO insisted that people used IE. At time time, there were some of the applications that the business side of education used that needed it and just choked on Netscape Navigator.

As we know, Netscape Navigator moved on to better things and was the start for Firefox which is one of the main browsers I use daily. But, I will confess, with the release of Microsoft’s Edge browser into the stable channel, I’ve been using it this week and I really am liking what I see.

That was probably the reason why my thoughts turned to Internet Explorer. I’m good at keeping my computers updated and so I was wondering if IE was still here. Guess what? It still is. I had to enable it in the Windows Features section of the Control Panel.

A quick search and it launched.

It still works. Somewhere along the line, I should do some research and determine how Microsoft does its version numbers. 11.592.18362.0?

After this post, I’ll disable it again. I have plenty of browsers available to avoid the challenges of maintaining this old one.

For a Sunday, your thoughts?

  • Do you remember a time when Internet Explorer was your go-to browser?
  • What browser replaced IE for you?
  • What browser do you use today?
  • I suppose it’s somehow comforting to know that IE is there in case I run into something that actually requires it. Do you know of any application or website that requires IE?
  • Think about your friends and connections. Do they fret about their choice of internet browser or do they just run with their computer’s default?
  • Do you worry about vulnerabilities in your web browser?
  • Have you ever had problems like a web browser hijacking or injection of malicious toolbars, etc.?

I’d be most interested in your browsing thoughts in the comments below.

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7 thoughts on “Whatever happened to …”

  1. Good morning Doug!

    In the early days of the Internet, NCSA Mosaic, and then Netscape Navigator, were my browsers of choice. I remember when Microsoft tried to embed Internet Explorer within their Windows operating system, and they ran afoul of the law, and had to unbundle it and make it available separately from Windows.

    I remember when Apple terminated their visionary OpenDoc technology, and along with it, their web browser, Cyberdog. Shortly thereafter, Internet Explorer for the Mac came about, and I used it for some time on the Mac ClassicOS until MacOS X came out in the early 00’s and suddenly there was the Safari browser based on Apple’s WebKit. Internet Explorer went through a rough patch as Microsoft continued to embed a bunch of proprietary stuff in IE. Periodically you would run into something that only worked with IE, but for the most part open web standards became widely implemented, and most developers made use of those, paving the way for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome to take hold. There were also a lot of vulnerabilities in IE at the time, and so I steered clear of it.

    In the early days of the iPhone (late 00’s), there was so much mobile browsing from iPhones compared to other mobile devices that the recorded use of Safari spiked big time for a while, relative to other browsers. With the arrival shortly thereafter of Google Apps (later GAFE, now G-Suite) and the Android OS, the Chrome browser became a strong contender, and today I use primarily Safari and Chrome.

    In recent years, Microsoft has tried to stage a comeback by replacing Internet Explore with Edge, but again the integration of Edge with Microsoft’s Bing as a search engine has really given me no reason to switch. I use Edge whenever I have a new instance of Windows just long enough to download Chrome.

    Fortunately, I have been running the macOS going on 30 years now, and the limited instances of viruses and other web nasties there have kept me pretty safe. This summer I was alerted by my ISP to some nastiness on my network while I was travelling away from home. I was worried that it might be one of the Raspberry PIs, so I just had them suspend my web connection until I got home. As it would turn out, it was some malware on my oldest (no longer supported) NAS, and so I implemented a firewall box on my home network and retired the NAS. Now whenever something malicious (phishing, browser window spawns, etc.) tries to take hold, it gets dealt with.

    Periodically, I will try out a new browser whenever you mention it, Doug, but with my world auto magically managed via iCloud bookmarks and Chrome profiles, I really have no reason to go further afield. Both Safari and Chrome keep all my Google accounts well-managed.


  2. Doug, I still remember Internet Explorer, and in fact, see it on the computers at Staples every time I need to use them. I’m assuming that they must have an updated version, but I still always go looking for Chrome. My preferred browsers are Chrome and Safari. I seem to flip-flop between the two. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!



  3. I learned how to use the Internet on Netscape Navigator on Apple computers in the university lab, then I graduated to IE. I went from IE to Safari when I replaced my PC with a Macbook. Now Chrome is my main browser because a lot of things seem not to work properly on Safari.

    Your post has me thinking about search engines. Remember when Google was just a search engine? Ask Jeeves, Yahoo….I know there are others I can’t remember now. Google really has taken over the world!


  4. Sadly, and for some unknown reason, IE is still the default browser in my board (I regularly teach people how to change that in their settings). One of my administrators couldn’t figure out for the longest time why she couldn’t access her school gmail account – you guessed it – she was trying to go in using IE. At this point, I use Safari and Chrome, depending which device I’m on.
    And in terms of search engines, I am a big Duck Duck Go fan…..


  5. I started with NCSA Mosaic, and then Netscape long before I was a Windows user. All of my career I have tended to stick with default tools. In my early career this was because I was doing support and fixing lots of company’s computers. I wanted to be comfortable with tools that I could depend on being there. I’ve always been an Internet Explorer person on Windows probably for the same reason. These days I have others installed but IE, then Edge, and now the new Chromium Edge have been my defaults. There have been a few sites that didn’t work well with IE and for them I have the other browsers. I guess I am not picky as IE has been fine for me. But again, I tend not to add extensions to my browsers.

    I have Chrome on some of my computers but tend to avoid it. It is a memory hog. I keep it only to make using some Google sites easier. Sometimes I think Google tried to keep their tools from working on IE on purpose.


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