Microsoft security chief suggests Internet Explorer not suitable as main browser

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Microsoft Internet Explorer was sent to the technology retirement home in 2015, but four years later, the company's cybersecurity specialist is warning diehard fans that it really is time to switch to a new browser. 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.

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

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

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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. Instead of updating its tech, many companies have chosen to just keep using the various enterprise compatibility modes of Microsoft's old web 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.

However, Edge has struggled to make a mark due to stiff competitors like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

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The problem with this is that Internet Explorer is not updated with the latest web standards.

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. It hangs around because in the old days, so much of the web and the tools businesses built were created to be compatible with IE.

Microsoft will end support for Internet Explorer 10 in January 2020, while Internet Explorer 11 will remain as the final iteration of the software. Looking all the way back to Internet Explorer 6, the very concept of "standards mode" vs "quirks mode" comes from this "easy button" approach.

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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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