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.
The reason? There’s a big, beautiful Internet out there, but Internet Explorer users are likely missing out on a lot of experiences that aren’t tailored to the browser.
In a post called “The perils of using Internet Explorer as your default browser,” Microsoft’s Chris Jackson said everyone should stop using Internet Explorer. He even stripped the longtime browser of its status and instead referred to it as a “compatibility solution.”
“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 Jackson. “So, if we continued our previous approach, you would end up in a scenario where, by optimizing for the things you have, you end up not being able to use new apps as they come out. As new apps are coming out with greater frequency, what we want to help you do is avoid having to miss out on a progressively larger portion of the web!”