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25 years ago, on August 13, 1996, Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer 3.0, marking its entry into the then ongoing “Browser Wars”. The tech giant has already announced that it will discontinue its Internet Explorer 11 desktop application on June 15, 2022, a month before its 26th birthday. And while it may go out, it’s worth remembering the story of its arrival and conquering the world by storm. And who better to do that than one of the first members of the team that worked on the rollout. Hadi Partovi, now tech investor and CEO of Code.org, tweeted on August 14th that Internet Explorer 3.0 was Microsoft’s first real volley in the “Browser Wars”. Partovi was only 22 years old when he joined Microsoft and the team consisted of “only 9 people and was desperate to grow as fast as possible”. “I remember one question I was asked in every interview: ‘How soon can you start?'”

Back then, says Partovi, Netscape Navigator had a 95 percent market share and was the tech industry’s “darling”. “As is well known, they worked on the” Internet time “. We were almost 2 years behind and had to catch up,” he wrote.

25 years ago Microsoft published its first real volley in the “Browser Wars” with Internet Explorer 3.0. That introduction taught me how a huge company can move at the speed of a startup. Here’s the story: pic.twitter.com/ZEYcxYrUgI

– Hadi Partovi (@hadip) August 14, 2021

I had joined the IE team a year earlier when I was 22. The team consisted of only 9 people and was desperate to grow as fast as possible. I remember a question I was asked in every interview: “How soon can you get started?”

– Hadi Partovi (@hadip) August 14, 2021

Netscape Navigator had a 95% market share and Netscape was the tech industry darling. As is well known, you worked on “Internet Time”. We were almost 2 years behind and had to catch up.

– Hadi Partovi (@hadip) August 14, 2021

Rather than hiring too quickly, we set the bar for talent very high, betting that everyone would want to work for this new exclusive team at Microsoft that was so hard to find. It worked.

– Hadi Partovi (@hadip) August 14, 2021

Here’s something Partovi learned about the execution from then boss Chris Jones, who told him, “There are 3 ways to do the work assigned to you. If you say you will do it then do it. If you say you can’t, that’s fine. But if you sign up for work and drop the ball, the team fails. Learn to say no. ”He also learned the importance of motivation. Bill Gates wrote a memo to all of Microsoft saying the Internet Explorer project was vital and urged each team to realign their work to help the Explorer team.

Rather than hiring too quickly, we set the bar for talent very high, betting that everyone would want to work for this new exclusive team at Microsoft that was so hard to find. It worked.

– Hadi Partovi (@hadip) August 14, 2021

I also learned the value of motivation. Bill Gates wrote a memo to all of Microsoft saying the Internet Explorer project was vital and called on each team to realign their work to help us. Our inboxes exploded, but we felt important and we worked even harder.

– Hadi Partovi (@hadip) August 14, 2021

Microsoft publicly announced its plans on December 7, 1995. “It was war. Despite Netscape’s leadership, we said we would match and even skip any of their features. We have signed partnerships with anyone who would help us, even with competitors like Apple and AOL, ”Partovi added. Partovi plastered the hallways with quotes from Netscape’s co-founder Marc Andreessen: “Netscape will soon be reducing Windows to a poorly debugged set of device drivers.” It reminded us that this new startup was threatening to destroy all of Microsoft, Partovi says.

On December 7th, 1995, we publicly announced our plans. Pearl Harbor Day. It was war. Despite Netscape’s leadership, we said we would match and even skip any of their features. We have partnered with anyone who would help us, even with competitors like Apple and AOL.

– Hadi Partovi (@hadip) August 14, 2021

To motivate us even more, I plastered the hallways with quotes from Netscape founder Marc Andreessen: “Netscape will soon be reducing Windows to a poorly debugged set of device drivers.” It reminded us that this new startup was threatening to give up all of Microsoft destroy.

– Hadi Partovi (@hadip) August 14, 2021

For Partovi personally, this was the starting shot for his career and he was given the opportunity to learn from the best executives at Microsoft such as Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and Brad Silverberg. But unfortunately Microsoft disbanded the IE team because they thought “we won”.

For me personally, this was the starting signal for my career. I’ve had the opportunity to learn from the best executives at Microsoft like Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, and Brad Silverberg.

– Hadi Partovi (@hadip) August 14, 2021

I didn’t have the heart to watch my baby die slowly. I left Microsoft in 1999 and joined my former competitor at Netscape to jointly start a startup called Tellme Networks. I finally had a chance to apply all of the lessons I learned at Microsoft.

– Hadi Partovi (@hadip) August 14, 2021

He added that working against your will isn’t a toxic pressure cooker at Microsoft. “The leadership worked the hardest. Most of us were in our early twenties and it was a starting point for many careers, “he says.

Footnote on my mention of divorce (which I don’t glorify, but to see the ramifications, and I must admit I was exaggerating): There were 2 divorces, both in the lead, one due to sex reassignment surgery.

– Hadi Partovi (@hadip) August 15, 2021

This wasn’t a poisonous pressure cooker to work against his will. The leadership worked the hardest. Most of us were in our early twenties and it was a starting point for many careers.

– Hadi Partovi (@hadip) August 15, 2021

In May 2021, Microsoft announced that it would officially discontinue Internet Explorer web browser and replace it with Microsoft Edge, which is supposedly a good replacement for home and office use. The company said it was becoming increasingly difficult to support Internet Explorer alongside modern browsers.

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