Microsoft Internet Explorer was sent to the technology retirement home in 2015, but four years later, the company's cybersecurity specialist is warning diehard fans that it really is time to switch to a new browser.
Mr. Jackson in a blog post warned that companies using Internet Explorer are taking on a "technical debt" to pay for support on old software and could end up using "a 1999 implementation of web standards" if they didn't take all the necessary measures to update it when creating new web pages.
Furthermore, while most of the users these days reportedly use either Chrome or Firefox, there are a lot of businesses in the world that still rely on Microsoft's Internet Explorer for older web apps that haven't been modernized, The Verge reported.
"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. They're testing on modern browsers", said Chris Jackson, worldwide head of cyber-security at Microsoft's Windows division, in the blog post.
Microsoft has recommended users to try and stay ahead of the curve and transition to new modern browser for not only compatibility improvements but also security reasons as well.
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Launched in 1995 with Windows computers, Internet Explorer, was one of the most widely used web browsers, that once held 95 percent of the market in 2003. It hangs around because in the old days, so much of the web and the tools businesses built were created to be compatible with IE.
Jackson is speaking to Microsoft's previous design philosophy, which entailed baking in support for both new and old IE standards when releasing new versions of the browser. In the United Kingdom for instance, 5.5% of consumers still have Internet Explorer as their main browser.
While Microsoft is going offensive on the users of Internet Explorer, there is no denying the fact IE is still popular.
The brand has struggled to shake off the bad reputation of Internet Explorer 6, which was notoriously insecure.