The once giant internet browser (95% market share between 2002 – 2003) will no longer be supported in August 2021, announced by Microsoft today. Despite IE only having a minuscule market share nowadays compared to their previous decade’s success, this discontinue is massive news for the web.
The reason for this is due to Microsoft’s up and coming browser, Microsoft Edge, which was released in 2015 and been in development for quite some time. If you’re a Windows 10 user then you’ve most likely seen this popup trying to secure itself as your “preferred browser”.
Edge relies on Chromium open-source software, developed by Google for their own browser, Google Chrome. This software provides more features for Edge and tops what IE could provide, making it more attractive than the now discontinued browser.
Edge now joins a list of other browsers using Chromium including; Chrome, Brave, Vivaldi, Avast Secure Browser, and Opera. This means Google’s influence over the browser market has increased as they have the power over what features are developed, best practices, and usability.
This filters down onto how standards of websites should aim for with Google being a driving force for these. An example of this is the switch to mobile-first indexing in the upcoming year.
As Google’s influence on the web grows it’s important to keep a close eye on the updates they make to their algorithm as this is effecting your website’s visibility. Search Engine Optimisation and website design is crucial to ensuring your patients are finding you online – If you feel your website is lacking the management to keep up with these on-going updates then it’s worth getting in touch and having a chat with one of our team.