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Microsoft Wants Users to Stop Surfing Web on Internet Explorer

10 February, 2019, 20:41 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Microsoft, which transitioned to its new browser Edge several years ago, is now advising enterprise users to avoid its legacy browser, Internet Explorer (IE).

Mr. Jackson in a blog post warned that companies using Internet Explorer are taking on a "technical debt" to pay for support on old software and could end up using "a 1999 implementation of web standards" if they didn't take all the necessary measures to update it when creating new web pages.

While numerous users these days either use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, some firms still depend on Internet Explorer for web apps that have been built using the old infrastructure.

"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". Microsoft has made it clear that Internet Explorer is not a viable browser and the company doesn't want anything to do with it anymore.

This, to some extent, should help Microsoft push businesses away from Internet Explorer and embrace a more robust browser.


Jackson doesn't even refer to Internet Explorer as a browser in the blog post. However, Microsoft is not urging companies to quit using IE because of a simple reason that it's not safe.

However, Edge has struggled to make a mark due to stiff competitors like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. For new Edge is better than it has ever been.

"You see, Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution", Jackson wrote. "They're testing on modern browsers", he explained.

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. This is because some businesses still use it for their web page and web apps.

While Microsoft is going offensive on the users of Internet Explorer, there is no denying the fact IE is still popular. Looking all the way back to Internet Explorer 6, the very concept of "standards mode" vs "quirks mode" comes from this "easy button" approach.

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