It is no secret that Internet Explorer is not a reliable browser. Even back in the day when IE was Microsoft’s main option, users used to mock its slow speeds and performance.
This time it appears that Microsoft itself warns users to stay away from Internet Explorer and find a new alternative. In the past years, the company tried several browser solutions, including Edge, the latest Microsoft browser.
The blog post
A blog post written by Christ Jackson, Microsoft senior cybersecurity architect, explains why users should stop using Internet Explorer. The post focuses mostly on business and organizations that continue to use it, despite the fact that it is not the best alternative.
While this might seem like a weird announcement, especially from Microsoft’s security chief, the warning does make sense.
Users are warned that developers aren’t paying attention to Internet Explorer these days. The browser does not support new web standards, and Internet Explorer isn’t tested. Many websites still work okay, but we don’t know for how long. In the United Kingdom for instance, 5.5% of consumers still have Internet Explorer as their main browser.
“You see, Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution. 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. They’re testing on modern browsers. 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. As new apps are coming out with greater frequency, what we want to help you do is avoid having to miss out on a progressively larger portion of the web!” concluded the Microsoft blog post.
Nora Reynolds is a major in biology and a minor in Biological Basis of Behavior, writing about science in general. She also likes to try new gadgets and sports about the AI new era.