Internet Explorer: A Brief History

Anything, Talk about anything and there’s always a question that from where exactly did it all start? Talk about humans we have an entire subject dedicated to it, History. When it comes to web browsers we all know that it all started with what lies in ruins today, the Microsoft Internet explorer. Relating the above two things, in this article I shall be giving you an insight into a brief history of the Internet Explorer.

To begin with, Internet Explorer wasn’t the first web browser in the world.Now a short story on how it all started. In 1995, Microsoft was working on a very important project, a code-named “Chicago.”  An extension of that project – a code-named “O’Hare” after Chicago’s O’Hare Airport – was being developed simultaneously. Microsoft’s intent was to combine the technologies of both projects into a single product for the customers.  Toward the end of these projects, Microsoft made the deal decided to take the O’Hare technologies, and distribute them as part of a separate add-on pack to the Chicago product.  Chicago, now known as Windows 95, proved to be one of the most successful operating systems to date and O’Hare, the add on now famously known as the Internet Explorer 1.0  and this is how it all began.

Although Internet Explorer 1.0 integrated perfectly with Windows 95, few customers used it; most people preferred the Netscape browser or other web browsers such as Mosaic, Lynx and Opera. Microsoft remained intrepid.  Microsoft made great strides over the next year with version 2.0.  Internet Explorer 2.0, Microsoft’sfirst cross-platform browser, available to both Macintosh and 32-bit Windows users.   In the summer of the year 1996, Microsoft released version 3.0, which was an overnight success owing to its wide variety of features, including support for video and audio multimedia, Java applets and Microsoft’s ActiveX controls. The war between The Netscape browser and IE version 3.0 raged fiercely but there was one distinguishing factor that made all the difference, Netscape charged for their browser while Microsoft gave Internet Explorer for free.

One thing that still mars the Internet explorer success is the failure to address security issues properly. Post the release of version 3.0, Month after month, one security problem after another was being steadily reported. It was after this that web browsers like Firefox, Opera, and Safari started to pop up, and they pretty much blew IE out of the water in terms of functionality and security. The new web browsers offered features liketabbed browsing and browser extensions, but it took a long time to wean people off of IE.  IE was most popular in 1999, 2002, 2003 With IE5 and IE6 version released, because of some clever marketing  from Microsoft but from then on it has been a downhill ride for the Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer has become synonymous with bugs, security problems and outdated technology. Even as it’s improved dramatically in recent years, it continues to lose serious ground to rivals but then you can’t keep Bill Gates out of the picture for too long.

Microsoft has finally woken up, and just wants to kill the thing altogether. A fresh start makes sense. Microsoft has released the first version of its much anticipated replacement for Internet Explorer.

Called Project Spartan it is part of Windows 10, the firm’s next generation operating system set for release this summer.

It promises a faster browser, along with the ability to write notes on web pages using a stylus.

The very existence of Spartan reverberates the new reality for Microsoft: it must tread the line between explaining that its devices are the best for users who need to access the growing number of online services, while also claiming that they need a seriously powerful operating system based on Windows to get serious jobs done.

As the world moves online, it may in fact prove that a Spartan computer is all users need, or what Microsoft needs.