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Microsoft security chief suggests Internet Explorer not suitable as main browser

10 February 2019

"Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution", writes Jackson.

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.

Microsoft says it understands Internet Explorer remains a valuable tool for enterprises, but emphasizes that sooner or later apps still need to be updated because the rest of the world is migrating to modern browsers anyway. Microsoft Worldwide Lead for Application Compatibility Chris Jackson said this week that IE isn't really a browser but a "compatibility solution" to deal with legacy sites.

Responding to some comments, Mr. Jackson said, "We want you to use the Internet Explorer the sites that need it - what I'm trying to say here is that I hope you don't use it for everything else". According to Jackson, the use of Internet Explorer creates costs do down the line for companies, and also provides difficulties when creating web-pages for future use. He admitted that Microsoft had stopped new web standards for Microsoft Edge and a good number of developers aren't now testing for Internet Explorer.

Though a number of websites now work on Internet Explorer, new apps will not be integrated into the service, limiting the web applications available. In the United Kingdom for instance, 5.5% of consumers still have Internet Explorer as their main browser.

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. This is because some businesses still use it for their web page and web apps. Jackson urges users that it's time to stop using its old web browser, a product Microsoft officially discontinued in 2015. Microsoft recently announced that it will be ending support for Internet Explorer 10 on January 31, 2020. "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".

Microsoft security chief suggests Internet Explorer not suitable as main browser