Internet Explorer RIP: Here are 10 things as old as the expired browser

Once the most popular browser in the world, Internet Explorer has seen its last sunrise. Starting today, if you try to open Internet Explorer, you’ll be prompted to download Edge, Microsoft’s new browser, which we recently heard has improved Xbox Cloud Gaming support. . It’s the end of an era.

At the speed of technology, Internet Explorer’s 27-year lifespan makes it downright ancient. As I say goodbye to the first web browser I remember using at the impressionable age of nine, I looked at what was introduced in 1995. Turns out 1995 was a crazy year for PC games and computers in general.

Here are some of the things that were born along with Internet Explorer (may he rest in peace).

Hardware and software

Windows 95: Let’s start with the biggest. Windows 95 was a game changer for PC gaming and PCs in general. It introduced a number of features still present in Windows, including the Recycle Bin, Taskbar, and Start Menu. I could finally play NHL ’94 without typing MS-DOS commands.

USB: It’s hard to imagine a time when USB wasn’t the norm for plugging in your devices, but before the mid-90s keyboards and mice used PS/2 cables: horrible things that broke everything time.

JavaScript: Javascript (not to be confused with Java) is a programming language still used today for website development. When first introduced by Netscape, JavaScript enabled static websites to become dynamic and interactive. Or, more commonly, it was used to make text blink annoyingly.

Palm Pilot: The first Palm Pilot was released in 1996, but we started seeing glimpses of the device in 1995, at the height of the “personal digital assistant” craze. PDAs were precursors to stylus-controlled smartphones and were probably more complicated than just using pen and paper. Pens and paper weren’t new and expensive, though.

Iomega Zip Drives: Before being spoiled by external 2TB SSDs, floppy disks only held 1.44MB of data. If you needed to move important files (for the time), you had to get an Iomega Zip drive, an external device that used custom 100MB floppy disks. So much data!

Games

Star Wars: Dark Forces: There were some really great Star Wars games in the 90s and Dark Forces was an FPS that featured everyone’s favorite villain turned Jedi, Kyle Katarn.

Full throttle: This classic LucasArts adventure featuring fun biker hijinks was one of Tim Schafer’s first games as lead designer and also one of his best.

Command and Conquer: This first-round PC gaming Hall of Famer was one of those who kicked off the golden age of RTS games, which were a staple of PC gaming in the late 90s and early 1990s. 2000s.

MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat: My love of mech games started here. However, my hatred of heat management also started here.

X-COM: Terror of the Deep: X-COM underwater, what could go wrong? Everything turns out. The sequel to X-COM: UFO Defense took you to the bottom of the ocean to battle unknown horrors.

Internet Explorer fell to less than 2% usage in 2022, so it’s no surprise that Microsoft finally sent it to the farm. However, the internet wouldn’t be the same without this iconic web browser. Thank you, Internet Explorer, for being with us through so many arguments about GameFAQs and primitive Flash memes.

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