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

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

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

In a blog post, Microsoft senior cybersecurity architect Chris Jackson said continuing to use Internet Explorer is racking up companies a ton of "technical debt".

It's time to event stop calling Internet Explorer a web browser.

He explains that if Microsoft carried on supporting older browsers, then it would encourage users to work with a browser with which modern web standards simply weren't designed leading them to "miss out on a progressively larger portion of the web".

In his post, Jackson explains how Microsoft customers still ask him Internet Explorer related questions for their business.

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. He even stripped the longtime browser of its status and instead referred to it as a "compatibility solution".

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The reason? There's a big, handsome Internet out there, but Internet Explorer users are likely missing out on a lot of experiences that aren't tailored to the browser. "They're testing on modern browsers", said Jackson.

With Internet Explorer's decline, Many users have moved to browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft's latest browser, Edge. "So, with Internet Explorer 8, we added IE8 standards, but also kept IE7 standards".

Jackson said companies' "habit" of paying for extended support for legacy software "needs to stop in the case of IE".

Internet Explorer, which was first called Windows Internet Explorer, was first released as part of the add-on package Plus! for Windows 95 in 1995.

However, it struggled in the face of competition, and in May 2012 it was announced that Google's Chrome overtook Internet Explorer as the most used browser worldwide. What about now? Microsoft's message is very different in the era of Windows 10 and Edge (which is undergoing an overhaul to Chromium).

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