Saturday February 09, 2019

Microsoft Begs You to Stop Using Internet Explorer

Microsoft’s security experts are calling on lazy businesses and organizations to send Internet Explorer where it truly belongs: the Recycling Bin. Enterprise users evidently remain enamored with the dead browser for its legacy web app support, but cybersecurity architects such as Chris Jackson warn they’re inadvertently racking up "technical debt," creating problems down the line by targeting an obsolete product stuck on old, outdated standards. "It might be convenient to run old apps in IE, but it's safer, smarter and better long term to move to a modern browser."

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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. Microsoft has tried to limit the technical debt accrued when using IE, including creating an Enterprise Mode for the browser back in 2014. Enterprise Mode lets websites render as they would in previous verisons of IE to avoid compatibility issues with old web apps. However, the best way to make sure you're not falling behind is by switching to a modern browser. Microsoft killed support for IE 8, 9 and 10 in 2016.

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