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So long, Explorer.

Dear Internet explorer,  

Our first foray into the internet was 27 years ago. It was a wild time when we were kids, not as crazy as kids today who sit in front of the computer for 7-8 hours at a stretch, but we had our share of fun. I remember when we downloaded songs from the internet, feeling like complete rebels trying to destroy capitalism or because we couldn’t afford it.   

Yours was one of the first of its kind, and you paved the way for so many to follow. Even though you were a little slow, everyone made fun of you for it, but you never let it get to you. They made jokes about you, created memes, and laughed at you but you never gave up.  

I have learned a lot from you. Anytime I felt down, you would always have a funny video of someone falling or a dog doing something funny. It was always good to know I could turn to you if I failed tomorrow’s exam. I could not open up to my parents about certain things, so you supported me and guided me. Our time together also made you a part of my family. I don’t remember a single day when we didn’t spend time together. But like family, you did spoil me a bit. Those things you showed me I shouldn’t have seen, some knowledge I shouldn’t have had at that age. However, I am the person I am today because of all those experiences. My answer would be, “yes, without a doubt”, if I was asked if I would repeat it all again. My life would not be the same without you, how could I ever forget that? Hope you keep surfing online no matter where you are.   

So long, dear Explorer. 

Yours truly. 

From the 15th of June all of Internet Explorers servers will be disabled and all its loyal users will be redirected to Microsoft Edge, which is a much faster, smoother and a much secure browser compared to the Internet Explorer.  

Internet Explorer was the creation of the tech giant Microsoft back in 1995. It was the gateway for people born before gen z came along with their fancy tech and a touch of a button things. It picked up its followers and users in 2003 with a usage percentage of 95 but it could not maintain this number and the numbers fell drastically as a lot of other browsers started entering the market with better interfaces, better speed and an altogether better user experience. The major tech giant Microsoft halted its browser services for the first time in 2016.  

The new Edge. 

“Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications,” said Sean Lyndersay, The general manager of Microsoft Edge Enterprise.  

With the death of the Internet Explorer, the internet was taken by a sea of posts, hashtags and of course memes in remembrance of Internet explorers. “Best browser for installing other browsers” “full of bugs” “slowest browser” comments such as these show us the deteriorating power it had over the market. All these comments stand true and that’s why Microsoft introduced Microsoft edge to the world. A faster, secure and modern way of browsing the internet.  

Read more: Meme Marketing- fad or here to stay? 

Why didn’t it work? 

There were many other issues to explain why Internet Explorer did not work as well as the ridiculously slow speed. Getting a ton of infuriating error messages when surfing the internet used to be a pain.   
Internet Explorer was set to compete with the other big browser names like safari, chrome and firefox but it couldn’t. IE got stuck at only PC based browsing because no one would use IE on their phones because of all the problems and bugs it came with. Safari had convinced a major part of its users of its reliability and speed. In the meanwhile, chrome was waiting in the sidelines just waiting to erupt and take a major population of those who used the internet. Chrome played by Microsoft’s playbook by making it bound for all android users and that’s exactly what they did. 

Read more: How Branding Affects Consumer Behavior 

The rise and fall of the best Internet Explorer stand testament to the fact you have to always work no matter how good you are.  

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