Please, stop using Internet Explorer as a web browser — Microsoft cybersecurity expert

Joanna Estrada
February 9, 2019

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

In a recent blog post, Microsoft warned of the "perils of using Internet Explorer as your default browser".

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

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

Whilst acknowledging that pre-Nadella Microsoft didn't exactly help matters with its conduct, which led in part to the so-called "Browser Ballot" in the European Union, things have changed and it really is time to start thinking about browsers in a more constructive way. The fact of the matter is that while most average internet users have moved on to Google Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft's Edge, some businesses are still working with older web apps or sites that were designed for Internet Explorer. They're testing on modern browsers. "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!"

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. "So, with Internet Explorer 8, we added IE8 standards, but also kept IE7 standards". Aiming at enterprise customers, Jackson tried to explain that the companies should know the concept of "technical debt" as they are paying for extended support of older software. What about now? Microsoft's message is very different in the era of Windows 10 and Edge (which is undergoing an overhaul to Chromium).

The brand has struggled to shake off the bad reputation of Internet Explorer 6, which was notoriously insecure.

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