Microsoft Compatibility Official Steers Enterprise Users Away from IE:
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February 14, 2019
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Microsoft Compatibility Official Steers Enterprise Users Away from Internet Explorer:
Microsoft, which transitioned to its new browser, Edge, several years
ago, is now advising enterprise users to avoid its legacy browser,
Internet Explorer (IE). Microsoft Worldwide Lead for Application
Compatibility Chris Jackson said that IE isn't really a browser but a
"compatibility solution" to deal with legacy sites. Microsoft no longer
supports IE with new web standards, which is at the core of the
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." Jackson said
this sort of thinking "seems like a deliberate decision to take on some
'technical debt,'" as he put it.
It's complicated. Jackson explained that as the IE standards mode
supported more and more standards, "we decided not to just update the
mode we called standards mode, because, when we did, we risked breaking
applications written for an older interpretation of the standards. So,
with Internet Explorer 8, we added IE8 standards, but also kept IE7
Jackson said companies' "habit" of paying for extended support for
legacy software "needs to stop in the case of IE." He suggests using IE
only selectively for internal sites that require it, pointing to tools
that help customers make the transition and limit the use of IE to only
where it's needed.
"Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution," Jackson concluded.
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