You know, I’m sure that folks would probably think that I’d have more to say about the decision to kill off Internet Explorer once and for all.
But I just sort of feel like I don’t want to give it too much credit. Because when you break it down, it was simply a big company’s attempt to ensure relevance would always follow it. The scary part is that it almost worked.
The five-year period in which Internet Explorer 6 was the most recent release of that browser—a period that encapsulated the sudden rush in online news created by 9/11, the early years of the blogosphere, the creation of Facebook, and the release (and rise) of the original iPod—might as well have been a million years in tech years, and Microsoft did little to push this browser forward during what should have been a pivotal time for internet technology. And while it took a while for competitors to show up in the form of Firefox, Safari, and (later) Chrome, Microsoft unwittingly gave them a huge leg up by doing basically the bare minimum to maintain a fundamental foundation for internet access. The bare minimum created longtime security problems that Microsoft struggled to patch
on a regular schedule, and by 2011, five years after Microsoft had released IE6’s replacement, the company was basically begging users
to move away from it.