Microsoft pleads with companies to dump Internet Explorer


In a new blog post, Jackson said that, for some organizations, using Internet Explorer as the default for all situations "is the 'easy button, ' because, well, most of your sites were designed for Internet Explorer, so...just...always use it, ok?"

While numerous users these days either use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, some firms still depend on Internet Explorer for web apps that have been built using the old infrastructure. According to the latest Netmarketshare numbers, nearly 8% of the users still use Internet Explorer as opposed to the 4% who use Microsoft Edge.

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. That said, it's an important reminder for everyone to use a modern-day browser. Moreover, new apps are coming out with greater frequency every year and as such, testing them on the browser that was sent to the technology retirement home in 2015 doesn't appear to be a viable option.

This is understandable considering most of the working people have spent their life working on Internet Explorer and not on Edge or Google Chrome, and have built internal application which rely on its foibles.

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Jackson also pointed out that when companies continue to use Internet Explorer, they end up taking on 'technical debt, ' or paying extra to get support for old software, which can rack up additional costs over time.

Unfortunately, Internet Explorer isn't equipped to handle the modern web. 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.

'You see, Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution, ' Jackson explained.

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