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Microsoft wants you to stop using Internet Explorer as a browser

Microsoft wants you to stop using Internet Explorer as a browser

But some businesses still rely on Internet Explorer to route their web traffic, which is something Jackson discourages in the post. The cybersecurity expert further warns saying that businesses that are still using Internet Explorer usually end up paying extra to get support for old software.

Microsoft is making users aware of the perils of using Internet Explorer as their default browser, suggesting that you switch to another browser. 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. "They're testing on modern browsers", said Chris Jackson, worldwide head of cyber-security at Microsoft's Windows division, in the blog post.

He explained that the use of Internet Explorer is increasing the technical debt for the companies. He admitted that Microsoft had stopped new web standards for Microsoft Edge and a good number of developers aren't now testing for Internet Explorer.

As you know, Microsoft is already working on a Chromium-powered version of Edge browser.

Microsoft also pointed out that many websites are still following the IE web standards which make them work better on Internet Explorer.




Google Chrome overtook Internet Explorer as the world's most popular web browser in 2016.

Most web app developers these days are testing their apps on modern browsers.

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.

Internet Explorer was one of the most widely used web browsers, attaining a peak of about 95 per cent during 2002 and 2003. Microsoft recently announced that it will be ending support for Internet Explorer 10 on January 31, 2020.

"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.