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Stop using Internet Explorer, warns Microsoft's own security chief

Stop using Internet Explorer, warns Microsoft's own security chief

Believe it or not, there are still people using Internet Explorer - and Microsoft would like them to stop.

Microsoft is pleading with users to ditch its web browser, Internet Explorer, which the firm officially discontinued in 2015.

"Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution", warns Jackson, rather than a Web browser that businesses should be leveraging on a daily basis for all the regular browsing activity.

"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", Mr Jackson said. He says that the browser should not be used as your primary Web browser as it is a "compatibility solution" for enterprise customers to deal with legacy websites.

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Last week, Microsoft said support for Internet Explorer 10 will end on 31 January 2020, leaving Internet Explorer 11 as the final version of the software that will receive security updates. 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.

Google Chrome overtook Internet Explorer as the world's most popular web browser in 2016. Having one place for employees to go for their internet needs eliminates confusion around which browser to use and when.

"If we continued our previous approach, you would end up in a scenario where, by optimizing for the things you have, you end up not being able to use new apps as they come out", he wrote. That said, Microsoft said that this has to change as the old standards are not secure and are a "technical debt". What about now? Microsoft's message is very different in the era of Windows 10 and Edge (which is undergoing an overhaul to Chromium).

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.