Microsoft Compatibility Official Steers Enterprise Users Away from Internet Explorer

Yolanda Curtis
February 10, 2019

A Microsoft cybersecurity expert suggested in a recent blog post that you really shouldn't use Internet Explorer as your default 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.

While numerous users these days either use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, some firms still depend on Internet Explorer for web apps that have been built using the old infrastructure.

"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", Jackson wrote.


Chris Jackson, worldwide lead for cyber-security at the computing giant, admitted developers are no longer testing on the legacy web browser and have turned to "modern browsers" instead.

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

But some businesses still rely on Internet Explorer to route their web traffic, which is something Jackson discourages in the post. Moreover, new apps are coming out with greater frequency every year and as such, testing them on the browser that was sent to the technology retirement home in 2015 doesn't appear to be a viable option.

The reason? There's a big, attractive Internet out there, but Internet Explorer users are likely missing out on a lot of experiences that aren't tailored to the browser. However, to be fair to Jackson, he never pushes for any specific web browser to replace Internet Explorer.


However, Edge has struggled to make a mark due to stiff competitors like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. As for which browser you should use, Jackson said that's up to you.

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.

While Microsoft wants you to use its Edge browser - or whatever its upcoming Chromium-based browser will be called - the company wants you to stay away from the old Internet Explorer.


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