Microsoft ask Internet Explorer users to go to a new browser

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

But with Microsoft Edge also soon to be migrated to Chromium, Microsoft is now trying to convince all of its users, be they consumers or enterprises, to just give up on Internet Explorer, explaining in a post called "The perils of using Internet Explorer as your default browser" that this app is there just for compatibility reasons.

In other words "please use Edge, please, please, please?" It should be noted that Microsoft don't even support Internet Explorer anymore, since the company announced back in 2016 that they will be killing support for Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10. Microsoft's senior cyber-security architect Chris Jackson has said that the use of Internet Explorer while may be easier compatibility wise in the short term, provides substantial "technical debt" in the long term.

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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Wait... hang on... so it IS a browser then?

Jackson is speaking to Microsoft's previous design philosophy, which entailed baking in support for both new and old IE standards when releasing new versions of the browser.

But some businesses still rely on Internet Explorer to route their web traffic, which is something Jackson discourages in the post. That's not a browser. In the United Kingdom for instance, 5.5% of consumers still have Internet Explorer as their main browser. "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. The new version of Edge can make a huge difference for Internet Explorer die-hard fans because businesses will be able to install it on some older versions of Windows.

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