Starting now, Microsoft will roll out their new Chromium-based Edge browser to their millions of Windows 10 users. And this will also mark the end of an era. The era of the Trident-Engine.
But hadn’t the Trident era already ended when Edge appeared? Not really.
This is a very deep look at the Trident engine. Goodness.
No, it’s still available: https://winaero.com/blog/enable-legacy-edge-mode-in-microsoft-edge-chromium/
This is a really good deep dive into IE’s history, and it shows that up til and including IE6 it was a really good browser – lots of web technologies we take for granted first showed up in some form in IE.
Often they weren’t directly adopted – half of them seem to have been too specific to proprietary, or not based on existing open tech enough (One example is the embedded web fonts format they came up with, the first browser to do so, wasn’t adopted mainly because it didn’t use gzip and instead was based on their own proprietary compression)
I have a new respect for the work Microsoft did with IE, before it’s more recent history colored everybody’s perception on it.