Stop Using Internet Explorer Says Microsoft
13 February, 2019 | Technology
Incredibly, people are still using Internet Explorer but even Microsoft want those people to stop.
Microsoft’s senior cybersecurity expert Chris Jackson posted an article urging users to move to a more modern browser.
Microsoft discontinued Internet Explorer back in 2015, replacing it with their new web browser Edge.
While most internet users have moved onto Google’s popular Chrome web browser, Apple’s Safari or even Microsoft’s Edge, some businesses are still working with Internet Explorer.
But, in the article Chris Jackson says, “enough is enough” and that it is time to stop calling Internet Explorer a web browser.
He issued a warning regarding the security implications if you continue to use the web browser. In the article he didn’t suggest switching to any web browser in particular, he just highlights the fact that developers no longer test or support their sites for IE which could lead to security and stability issues.
He followed on by saying IE isn’t really even a web browser anymore –
“You see, Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution. 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. They’re testing on modern browsers. So, 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. As new apps are coming out with greater frequency, what we want to help you do is avoid having to miss out on a progressively larger portion of the web!”
IE is still used by slightly more people than Microsoft’s Edge, however Microsoft will soon be updating Edge with its upcoming Chromium-based version of the browser, which will be compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, and even Mac which will hopefully encourage users to phase out IE completely.