Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Microsoft Wants Users to Stop Surfing Web on Internet Explorer

Microsoft Wants Users to Stop Surfing Web on Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer, which was first called Windows Internet Explorer, was first released as part of the add-on package Plus! for Windows 95 in 1995.

It's no secret that Microsoft isn't the biggest fan of the old Internet Explorer browser but since they introduced Microsoft Edge years ago they have been saying that they would not be supporting Internet Explorer.

According to the latest Netmarketshare numbers, nearly 8% of the users still use Internet Explorer as opposed to the 4% who use Microsoft Edge. Microsoft has published a whole blog post shedding light on the problems of using IE right now and why users should move to modern browsers.

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. Continued use of the software was potentially risky, according to Chris Jackson, Microsoft's worldwide lead for cyber security.

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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". Many modern websites will have implemented new features for how they render, load, and even how they're secured that Internet Explorer just can't deal with. In the United Kingdom for instance, 5.5% of consumers still have Internet Explorer as their main browser.

Furthermore, while most of the users these days reportedly use either Chrome or Firefox, there are a lot of businesses in the world that still rely on Microsoft's Internet Explorer for older web apps that haven't been modernized, The Verge reported.

In his post, Jackson explains how Microsoft customers still ask him Internet Explorer related questions for their business.

"By going with the "technical debt by default" approach, we ended up in a scenario whereby if you create a brand-new webpage today, run it in the local intranet zone, and don't add any additional markup, you will end up using a 1999 implementation of web standards by default".

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