Can Internet Explorer make a Comeback?
From humble beginnings in 1995, Microsoft Internet Explorer reached its peak in popularity between 2002 and 2003, with staggering 95% market share. But such days are distant memory. Each year sees its market share getting further eroded, as browsers like Mozilla’s Firefox and Google; Chrome nip at the former giant heels. Once the pinnacle of browsing technology, internet Explorer is now the subject of almost-universal ridicule throughout the technology community. Now Microsoft is looking to reverse this negative momentum with Internet Explorer 9.
The Original Browser Wars
One cannot talk about Internet Explorer’s fall without mentioning how it came to prominence in the original browser wars. Internet Explorer wasn’t always the world’s most popular web browser. In the 90’s the distinction belonged to Netscape Navigator, a browser which introduced many of the features we take for granted today such as download progress indicators. So complete was Netscape dominance that few gave the young upstart out of Redmond any chance of taking the crown.
For years Microsoft had neglected the Internet, and Netscape took advantage of that opportunity, its name becoming synonymous with web browsing. But then came the infamous Internet Tidal Wave memo, the one that changed the face of web browsing forever. No less a figure than one William Gates III had realized there might be something to this Internet thing after all and set the sights of the world’s largest software company squarely on Netscape’s browser.
Netscape’s never knew what hit it. A sleeping giant had been awoken and updates were fast and furious. Microsoft had two aces up its sleeve. First of all, it happened to have a little operating system that was installed on almost every PC. So naturally, it started...