Internet Explorer turns 20 but after two decades of drama it faces an uncertain future
"Microsoft's venerable Internet Explorer browser has reached the 20th anniversary since its introduction, but is now being supplanted by a new upstart. Or is it?
IE was introduced to the world in August 1995 as part of an update package for Windows 95 and has been through numerous updates and revamps ever since. The browser's fortunes have waxed and waned from having as much as 95% of the market at one point to being third place behind newer rivals. It has also experienced more than its fair share of security woes.
As has often been the case since, IE seems to have been rushed to market when Microsoft suddenly realised it was behind the curve on a developing trend – in this case, the burgeoning popularity of the world wide web. The first version was based on code from an early web browser called Spyglass Mosaic, which Microsoft licensed and modified.
Microsoft soon became embroiled in controversy with IE 4.0 when the firm began giving away the browser for free as part of Windows. This may not seem noteworthy today, but most browsers were separate paid-for applications at the time, not included as a standard component with an operating system.”
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