Microsoft cybersecurity expert says you should stop using Internet Explorer

Microsoft's security chief claims Internet Explorer isn't a web browser

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.

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 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.

Chris Jackson, worldwide lead for cyber-security at the computing giant, admitted developers are no longer testing on the legacy web browser and have turned to "modern browsers" instead.

But some businesses still rely on Internet Explorer to route their web traffic, which is something Jackson discourages in the post.

"Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution", warns Jackson, rather than a Web browser that businesses should be leveraging on a daily basis for all the regular browsing activity. It hangs around because in the old days, so much of the web and the tools businesses built were created to be compatible with IE.

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

However, Edge has struggled to make a mark due to stiff competitors like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

Microsoft is pleading with users to ditch its web browser, Internet Explorer, which the firm officially discontinued in 2015.

Microsoft has recommended users to try and stay ahead of the curve and transition to new modern browser for not only compatibility improvements but also security reasons as well.

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. Microsoft recently announced that it will be ending support for Internet Explorer 10 on January 31, 2020. 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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