Microsoft Wants You To Stay Away From Internet Explorer

Microsoft's security chief claims Internet Explorer isn't a web browser

Microsoft's own security chief has suggested Internet Explorer should not be used as a main Web browser, saying it now only exists as a "compatibility solution".

For many years and through many iterations, Microsoft championed Internet Explorer as the best browser around, and at one time IE dominated the landscape. However, Microsoft kept Internet Explorer around for businesses as a compatibility option, not as a browser for everyday use.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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Jackson said that developers now no longer test on the legacy Web browser, but instead use "modern browsers".

'.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.

In a blog post aimed at enterprise customers, the security expert explained why companies need to be aware of their "technical debt", where they are paying for extended support of older 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.

Internet Explorer is a legacy product at this point.

Microsoft later confirmed that it is dropping the Internet Explorer brand for Edge when it launched Windows 10.

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