Microsoft advises against using Internet Explorer as primary browser

Ceria Alfonso
Febrero 10, 2019

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.

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. However, Microsoft kept Internet Explorer around for businesses as a compatibility option, not as a browser for everyday use. 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.

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. They're testing on modern browsers.

"In the past, Internet Explorer was optimized for simplicity at the expense of technical debt. 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!"

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By the looks of things, Microsoft is just trying to pave the way for its new Chromium-based browser, despite this project still in its early days.

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

Internet Explorer was one of the most widely used web browsers, attaining a peak of about 95 per cent during 2002 and 2003. 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.

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, but since then it has gained a lacklustre reputation.

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