Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

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

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

Washington D.C, February 9: We all dread using Internet Explorer, but some businesses and organisations still use the good old browser because they can't help it. Microsoft's cybersecurity expert Chris Jackson in a recent blog post explained why users should move on to other modern browsers.

In 2015, Microsoft launched a successor to Internet Explorer known as Edge, although the web browser has struggled against Google Chrome.

Responding to some comments, Mr. Jackson said, "We want you to use the Internet Explorer the sites that need it - what I'm trying to say here is that I hope you don't use it for everything else".

According to the latest Netmarketshare numbers, nearly 8% of the users still use Internet Explorer as opposed to the 4% who use Microsoft Edge. "So, with Internet Explorer 8, we added IE8 standards, but also kept IE7 standards".

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The landscape has seen a considerable shift since then- Chrome is now the dominant browser, in terms of market share, followed by Safari in a distant second place, and then Firefox, according to both StatCounter and Net Applications.

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?" However, this incurs additional costs for the enterprises as they opt for the convenient method rather than implementing modern browser approach. However, to be fair to Jackson, he never pushes for any specific web browser to replace Internet Explorer. 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. 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.

While Microsoft is going offensive on the users of Internet Explorer, there is no denying the fact IE is still popular.

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