Microsoft cyber security chief tells users to stop using Internet Explorer

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

Microsoft has published a whole blog post shedding light on the problems of using IE right now and why users should move to modern browsers. If you happen to be one of the few users that are still cruising about the Internet on Internet Explorer it is highly recommended that you upgrade to a more modern browser such as Edge, Chrome or FireFox.

Whilst acknowledging that pre-Nadella Microsoft didn't exactly help matters with its conduct, which led in part to the so-called "Browser Ballot" in the European Union, things have changed and it really is time to start thinking about browsers in a more constructive way.

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

In 2015, Microsoft had announced that Microsoft Edge would replace Internet Explorer as the default browser on its Windows 10 devices.

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.

"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". Continued use of the software was potentially risky, according to Chris Jackson, Microsoft's worldwide lead for cyber security. "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!"

Microsoft later confirmed that it is dropping the Internet Explorer brand for Edge when it launched Windows 10. Microsoft has made it clear that Internet Explorer is not a viable browser and the company doesn't want anything to do with it anymore.

Unfortunately, legacy web apps likely won't go anywhere anytime soon, which means Internet Explorer won't go away either.

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