Please, stop using Internet Explorer as a web browser — Microsoft cybersecurity expert

Doris Richards
February 9, 2019

The problem with this is that Internet Explorer is not updated with the latest web standards. "They're testing on modern browsers", said Chris Jackson, a cybersecurity expert and Principal Program Manager in The Experiences and Devices Group at Microsoft.

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?"

In his post, Jackson explains how Microsoft customers still ask him Internet Explorer related questions for their business.

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.

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. "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 has made it clear that Internet Explorer is not a viable browser and the company doesn't want anything to do with it anymore.


Internet Explorer, which was first called Windows Internet Explorer, was first released as part of the add-on package Plus! for Windows 95 in 1995.

Internet Explorer is a legacy product at this point.

However, it struggled in the face of competition, and in May 2012 it was announced that Google's Chrome overtook Internet Explorer as the most used browser worldwide. What about now? Microsoft's message is very different in the era of Windows 10 and Edge (which is undergoing an overhaul to Chromium).

The brand has struggled to shake off the bad reputation of Internet Explorer 6, which was notoriously insecure.

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