What did the world wide web used to look like for you?
We all arrived to it at different times; some of us earlier than others and it’s without a doubt that this exciting new-fangled thing which started to gain popularity in the 1990s has had a huge influence on people’s lives and careers: just think of how many jobs you see advertised now that simply didn’t exist twenty years ago.
Some might even be surprised to realise that, yes, there were days before Google where we even had to rely on alphabetical directories to find websites instead of the wonderous efficiency of modern search engines.
This is a long-winded way of saying that things change. The screenshot above is of Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 which was our browser of choice around 1996/97.
Internet Explorer has now reached the end of its life and will be formally retired on June 15th 2022.
Microsoft have long-offered its replacement: Microsoft Edge. If you’ve never used it then it’s worth a try. It’s fast, slick and efficient. Just click your ‘Start’ menu and search for ‘Edge’:
You may already be seeing notifications when you open Internet Explorer warning you about the changes and asking you to switch to Edge:
Soon, any links you open will open in Edge rather than Internet Explorer (if it’s your default browser), and at some point in the future a Windows update will remove Internet Explorer from your system completely.
Other browsers are available: Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the best alternative options for Windows users. We lean towards Firefox, mainly because we don’t think it’s healthy for one company to control quite as much as Google does.
Firefox offers better privacy options, avoids a few issues if you have multiple Google accounts and also syncs nicely across your devices: you can open a web page on your phone and send it to your computer. Bookmarks and history also synchronise nicely.
If you’re not sure whether you need to do anything, or what’s best for you and your organisation, drop us a line and we’d be happy to help.