Microsoft Wants Users to stop using Internet Explorer

Donna Miller
February 10, 2019

Microsoft's cybersecurity specialist in a blog post said that although it is fine to use Internet Explorer for certain enterprise solutions, it should not be relied on as the main browser but just as a compatibility solution.

The Redmond, Washington-based technology giant put an end to the Internet Explorer brand almost four years ago when it introduced Microsoft Edge as its modern browser in Windows 10. During this long period, many numbers of companies have made the switch, remarkable professions with lean IT departments, like health care, still hold questions about the web browser.

Microsoft's own security chief has warned millions of people who continue to use Internet Explorer as a default web browser are placing themselves in "peril".

Microsoft's replacement for Internet Explorer, Edge, has performed abysmally in terms of market share, thanks in no small part to its youth leading to a limited ecosystem of extensions. Moreover, new apps are coming out with greater frequency every year and as such, testing them on the browser that was sent to the technology retirement home in 2015 doesn't appear to be a viable option.

In the post, he says that "Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution".

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"We're not supporting new web standards for it and, while many sites work fine, developers by and large just aren't testing for Internet Explorer these days".

The Verge that Microsoft helped exacerbate the problem by coupling its current web browser, Edge, with Windows 10, limiting its ability to be used on older versions of Windows.

Unfortunately, legacy web apps likely won't go anywhere anytime soon, which means Internet Explorer won't go away either.

With Internet Explorer's decline, Many users have moved to browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft's latest browser, Edge.

"If we continued our previous approach, you would end up in a scenario where, by optimizing for the things you have, you end up not being able to use new apps as they come out", he wrote.

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