Microsoft publicly puts Internet Explorer on death notice

Alfred Osborne
February 10, 2019

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?" Hopefully, businesses will at least relegate Internet Explorer to running legacy apps as intended, and use Microsoft's new browser for the modern web instead.

The Redmond, Washington-based technology giant put an end to the Internet Explorer brand almost four years ago when it introduced Microsoft Edge as its modern browser in Windows 10.

Google Chrome overtook Internet Explorer as the world's most popular web browser in 2016.

Because IE isn't even considered by a growing majority of web developers, people and businesses using the browser to access modern websites are at an inherent disadvantage.

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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. "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".

'.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, ' he added.

As you know, Microsoft is already working on a Chromium-powered version of Edge browser. That said, Microsoft said that this has to change as the old standards are not secure and are a "technical debt". 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 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. However, old habits do die hard and the same goes with Internet Explorer.

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