Microsoft begs you to stop using Internet Explorer

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

"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. 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.

Believe it or not, there are still people using Internet Explorer - and Microsoft would like them to stop. 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. Certain materials or features won't even be available to them on modern websites through IE today.

The Redmond, Washington-based technology giant put an end to the Internet Explorer brand almost four years ago when it introduced Microsoft Edge as its modern browser in Windows 10.

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. The new version of Edge could make a big difference for Internet Explorer holdouts, since businesses will be able to install it on certain older versions of Windows.

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But not Internet Explorer.

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

Microsoft Edge was introduced as the successor and made its debut with Windows 10. That could be the push businesses need to switch browsers. Microsoft Worldwide Lead for Application Compatibility Chris Jackson said this week that IE isn't really a browser but a "compatibility solution" to deal with legacy sites.

While Microsoft is going offensive on the users of Internet Explorer, there is no denying the fact IE is still popular.

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