After a life spanning 19 years, Microsoft today announced the death of their infamous browser Internet Explorer.

For much of its life, Internet Explorer – commonly known as IE – dominated the browser market, accounting for over 80% of website visits during its peak in around 2002-03. 

However, soon after this period, rivals started emerging in the form of Mozilla Firefox, released in 2004, and Google Chrome, released in 2008. Chrome eventually left IE for dead in the battle of the browsers, taking the title of the most popular browser in 2012. 

As you can see from the graph we have put together, the past 5 years of Internet Explorer’s life saw a dramatic decrease in usage.

So what’s next for Microsoft and Internet Explorer?

Well, although Microsoft have announced the death of IE, it appears it isn’t going away just yet. The multinational corporation are still working on Internet Explorer’s modern successor, currently referred to as Project Spartan. 

While this will be the primary way Windows 10 users will access the web, it has been announced that IE will also make a ghostly return, featuring in some versions of Windows 10. According to Jason Weber, program manager of Internet Explorer, this is solely due to some enterprises having legacy sites that use older technologies, designed purely for IE, such as ActiveX controls and Browser Helper Objects.

The question is, will Spartan be able to reclaim top spot?

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