Support for Internet Explorer is ending in less than one year, which is all the more reason to stop using Internet Explorer sooner rather than later. To add one more layer, Chris Jackson, Microsoft’s cybersecurity lead, is also warning people to stop using the browser.
In his recent post, The perils of using Internet Explorer as your default browser, Jackson explains that even if you created new webpage today, even without special bells and whistles, it would end up running on a platform optimized for 1999’s web standards.
In other words, developers aren’t testing applications and performance on IE, at all. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge – introduced in 2015 – are garnering all the attention.
There are no more security patches or updates for older versions of IE 7, 8, 9, and 10. Only version 11 receives some level of support, but that will officially end on January 31, 2020.
Fewer than 10 percent of all desktop internet users are active on IE. For comparison, Chrome averages over 60 percent, while Safari, the default browser of all Apple devices, accounts for 15-20 percent. Both IE and Firefox are virtually non-existent as mobile browsers.
If you want your website to be its optimal best, then viewing it on Internet Explorer is entirely out of the question. Those in the healthcare and banking industry may swear by it, but the facts are overwhelming – IE is on its last legs.