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Internet Explorer: 10 Reasons You'll Miss It

Internet Explorer is retiring. Let's take a nostalgic trip down memory lane for the Web browser that saw us through the turn of the century. We'll miss you IE.

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Internet Explorer: Microsoft's Troubled Browser Retires
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When Internet Explorer came out, I had a pony tail and still hadn't gotten rid of all my flannel. Waterworld was in the process of becoming one of the all-time biggest flops in movie history. Now, IE is retiring. Where did the time go? Where were you when IE started? Wherever you were, I bet you'll miss Internet Explorer.

Whether you can remember this now or not, IE was one of the most successful pieces of software ever. Sure, it wasn't the first browser. Netscape Navigator or Mosaic might have been first. But it was the combination of IE in the late 1990s and the explosion of broadband in the early 2000s that created the Internet and the World Wide Web as we know it. In the early part of this century, IE had 95% of the Web browser marketshare.

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Things have changed a lot since then. Years of attacks from an indie usurper (Mozilla Firefox), a well-heeled competitor (Google Chrome), and a Mac-friendly alternative (Safari) have changed the way we look at Internet Explorer.

If IE was our friend on Facebook, our relationship with it would be listed as "it's complicated." Like Ross and Rachel (another 90s classic) it always felt like we were "on a break" with IE. Firefox is safe, and a little frumpy, but you can count on it. Chrome isn't love. It is sexy and fast, but it is cold. Safari is only for the cool kids. But IE keeps coming back. We can't really quit it. And as Microsoft revamps IE and renames it, we'll all watch what happens and wonder if maybe the time is right to go back and rekindle an old flame.

In the meantime, you'll miss it more than you think. I've even compiled a list of reasons. Check it out. Then tell me about your relationship with IE, and what you were up to when you first tried this ubiquitous Web browser.

Top 10 Reasons You Will Miss IE

1. You never forget your first time. Unless your first time was with Mosaic. Then you never forget the first time you cheated on your first love.

2. Because a more beautiful Web is … apparently not possible on other browsers, even though they can all go to Twitter and show Avengers trailers.

3. You'll miss having something to complain about. It's good for you!

4. Because Dora the Explorer won't help you get on Facebook.

(Image: Nick Jr.)

(Image: Nick Jr.)

5. There's something relaxing about all that time you wait for a page to open.

6. It is nice to have a browser to watch cat videos on where no one will discover your history of cat videos.

7. Ten minutes with Cortana and you realize it is easier to type something into Bing than to keep trying to get her to understand you.

8. The faster Chrome works, the faster you have to get back to work.

9. When IE came out, the No. 1 song was "Waterfalls" by TLC. Admit it. That makes you happy.

10. If they don't keep making IE, we'll never know what the heck that yellow thing is that's going around the blue "e." Is it a spaceship? A satellite? A super hero? We'll never know!

(Image: Logopedia)

(Image: Logopedia)

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Gigi3
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4/6/2015 | 11:35:55 PM
Re: Farewell IE
"Now, IE is retiring. Where did the time go? Where were you when IE started? Wherever you were, I bet you'll miss Internet Explorer."

David, what's the alternate browser from IE? Any way they have to provide some mechanisom for net browsing
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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3/30/2015 | 3:17:05 PM
Re: Farewell IE
@kstaron- Well, let's put it this way. Calling something IE 11 or or IE 12 or IE 3 billion wasn't inspiring anyone to try it. So they might as well do this. 
kstaron
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kstaron,
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3/30/2015 | 3:02:31 PM
Farewell IE
I always thought that little yellow ring was the supposed to be the speed of IE, of course it would have been better to have and inchworm on the E for reality's sake. For me IE is just one of those annoying icons cluttering up my desktop. I've been a firefox user since before I bought my last desktop, which is currently sitting in a heap waiting for a rebuild that might make the poor thing work again. THe real question is going to be; is the replacement for IE going to make me want to use it?
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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3/30/2015 | 1:31:31 PM
Re: Good riddance to bad rubbish
@asksqn- Well, sometimes we look back with nostalgia on these things, right? Like when we keep the cast everyone signed when we were in school. :)
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Angelfuego,
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3/29/2015 | 10:08:36 AM
Re: What is the new name?
When the Internet Explorer first came out, I still didn't have a computer. I was too busy running around running back and forth to the library to work on my papers dor school. When I finally got a computer, I treasured the Internet Explorer! You will be missed IE. Farewell...
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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3/28/2015 | 10:10:12 AM
What is the new name?
Has MS decided on a new name yet? They love to change the names of things but are they really going to revamp it? It seems like every version they come out with gets worse.

Atleast with windows when they fail they come back with a better OS (My Opinion).

With IE that is not the case.
asksqn
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asksqn,
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3/28/2015 | 9:50:04 AM
Good riddance to bad rubbish
Not quite.  I'll "miss" IE the way I miss a bad sunburn or a broken leg.
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3/27/2015 | 4:03:25 AM
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I always thought it was a ring like the rings of Saturn.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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3/24/2015 | 2:05:38 PM
Re: Poking fun-Really?
@driverlessam- I wasn't going cyncial so much as nostalgia filled with fine memories mixed with a happiness to move on. Kind of like when any relationship ends. A sort of bittersweet parting. But you know I'll drunk dial IE at some point when I'm looking for videos of people wearing parachute pants.
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David Wagner,
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3/24/2015 | 2:03:19 PM
Re: Missing IE
@Tom- True. But it will probably end up more like when Shia Lebouf retired and said he wasn't famous anymore. He kept coming back and annoying us again. :)
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