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Drag Internet Explorer to the Trash. No, Really

10 February 2019

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?"

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.

"Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution", warns Jackson, rather than a Web browser that businesses should be leveraging on a daily basis for all the regular browsing activity.

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And that's the problem Chris Jackson highlighted in his blog post.

Internet Explorer has increasingly fallen out of favour for both users and developers amid the rise of alternatives like Google Chrome and Apple's Safari, which have grabbed an increasing share of the web browser market. Jackson said this sort of thinking "seems like a deliberate decision to take on some 'technical debt, '" as he put it.

Unfortunately, Internet Explorer isn't equipped to handle the modern web. 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.

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

Microsoft Edge was introduced as the successor and made its debut with Windows 10. In other words, Microsoft will soon offer an improved modern browser based on the same technology as the world's most popular browser, and it'll be available on older versions of Windows.

Unfortunately, legacy web apps likely won't go anywhere anytime soon, which means Internet Explorer won't go away either.

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Microsoft, which transitioned to its new browser Edge several years ago, is now advising enterprise users to avoid its legacy browser, Internet Explorer (IE).

Drag Internet Explorer to the Trash. No, Really