Microsoft's security chief claims Internet Explorer isn't 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 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 Microsoft wants you to use its Edge browser - or whatever its upcoming Chromium-based browser will be called - the company wants you to stay away from the old Internet Explorer. According to the latest Netmarketshare numbers, nearly 8% of the users still use Internet Explorer as opposed to the 4% who use Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft also pointed out that many websites are still following the IE web standards which make them work better on Internet Explorer.

"Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution".

With Internet Explorer's decline, Many users have moved to browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft's latest browser, Edge. Rather than spending resources to make them compatible with the new-age browsers, they continue to use them because they were created to be used with it.

"By going with the "technical debt by default" approach, we ended up in a scenario whereby if you create a brand-new webpage today, run it in the local intranet zone, and don't add any additional markup, you will end up using a 1999 implementation of web standards by default. 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!" Continued use of the software was potentially risky, according to Chris Jackson, Microsoft's worldwide lead for cyber security. Microsoft recently announced that it will be ending support for Internet Explorer 10 on January 31, 2020.

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.

But if there's one lesson here to learn, it's that old habits-and desktop icons-die hard.

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