Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
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Microsoft pleads with companies to dump Internet Explorer

Microsoft pleads with companies to dump Internet Explorer

The blog post is titled "The perils of using Internet Explorer as your default browser", and goes on to detail how using this dated web browser creates what's known as "technical debt" within businesses.

Internet Explorer was one of the most widely used web browsers, attaining a peak of about 95 per cent during 2002 and 2003. He suggests using IE only selectively for internal sites that require it, pointing to tools that help customers make the transition and limit the use of IE to only where it's needed. "They're testing on modern browsers", said Chris Jackson, a cybersecurity expert and Principal Program Manager in The Experiences and Devices Group at Microsoft.

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.

"You see, Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution", Jackson wrote. Microsoft Edge, which launched with Windows 10, hasn't proved compelling for either businesses or consumers.

"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. I'd like to craft a solution where both your old sites and your new sites work". Microsoft no longer supports IE with new web standards, which is at the core of the problem. "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".

To be clear, Jackson isn't saying that anyone who still needs IE should dump it outright.

In response to comments from users, Jackson added: "My concern is that to accommodate apps that do need IE, we use it for everything". "What I'm trying to say here is I hope you don't use it for everything else", Jackson said. Hindsight is 20/20 though, right?

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