Microsoft Is Telling People To Abandon Internet Explorer

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Even though Microsoft killed support for Internet Explorer in 2016, businesses and organisations around the world continue to use it.

While the majority of the world is moving forward with the advancement of technology, some people are afraid to stop using Internet Explorer as their default browser. This is despite Microsoft trying to get people to stop using the browser ever since support for it was discontinued.

Chris Jackson, the cybersecurity chief of Microsoft has written a blog post about continuing to use IE would hurt businesses in the future:

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.

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He describes how using the browser was always the easiest option because of its simplicity, but now that support for it has been dropped most developers don’t test websites for Internet Explorer anymore.

The cybersecurity expert still receives questions from customers asking how to ensure all web traffic goes to IE. While it is easier to use the browser by default, as websites and apps get more advanced it’s not a good idea to still use IE.

Jackson’s post continues:

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!

While on some occasions it may make sense to use Internet Explorer for certain solutions, Jackson clarified that no company should be using IE as a default web browser.

While Microsoft are keen for supporters of IE to let it die, some users just cannot seem to let it go.

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