Drag Internet Explorer to the Trash. No, Really

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Jackson laid out a scenario in which a company, choosing the easiest possible route since Internet Explorer 6, goes to make a webpage today and ends up using a 1999 implementation of web standards by default. This is the overwhelming gist of a blog post published by Microsoft speaking primarily to IT professionals, but its message ultimately reaches end users like us.

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".

Furthermore, while most of the users these days reportedly use either Chrome or Firefox, there are a lot of businesses in the world that still rely on Microsoft's Internet Explorer for older web apps that haven't been modernized, The Verge reported.

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.

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.

Internet Explorer is a legacy product at this point.

While Jackson's warning is appropriate, some commentors were quick to point out that Microsoft hasn't offered a viable modern solution.

He added that it's generally OK for people to use Internet Explorer in an enterprise environment, but they would better protect themselves if they switch to a newer browser. Microsoft Edge, which launched with Windows 10, hasn't proved compelling for either businesses or consumers. The software maker is working on a Chromium version of Edge that will be available for tests in the next few weeks.

In a Wednesday blog post, Microsoft Windows Principal Architect Chris Jackson urged companies to migrate to modern browsers instead of using IE as their default.

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