Microsoft Compatibility Official Steers Enterprise Users Away from Internet Explorer

Ruben Fields
February 10, 2019

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. "They're testing on modern browsers", said Chris Jackson, a cybersecurity expert and Principal Program Manager in The Experiences and Devices Group at Microsoft.

"Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution", Jackson concluded.

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

For many years and through many iterations, Microsoft championed Internet Explorer as the best browser around, and at one time IE dominated the landscape.

We are not supporting new web standards for this, while many sites work excellent, large and developers are not experimenting and testing for Internet Explorer these days.

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

It baffles me why people are still using Microsoft's ancient Internet Explorer, and now even Microsoft themselves have kindly asked Explorers users to upgrade and let the browser die. In the United Kingdom for instance, 5.5% of consumers still have Internet Explorer as their main browser. However, this incurs additional costs for the enterprises as they opt for the convenient method rather than implementing modern browser approach. They don't use Internet Explorer for the same, anymore. And then there's the issue of security - in addition to not having the latest security features, it also reportedly holds Windows 10 back, as evidenced by a previous security bug.

Unfortunately, legacy web apps likely won't go anywhere anytime soon, which means Internet Explorer won't go away either.

In a new blog post, Jackson said that, for some organizations, using Internet Explorer as the default for all situations "is the 'easy button, ' because, well, most of your sites were designed for Internet Explorer, so...just...always use it, ok?"

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