In this blog, we’ll share the top 5 reasons to stop using Internet Explorer. We’ve been saying it for years – but now Microsoft is too. You NEED to stop using IE as a browser.
Vulnerabilities and a lack of support aren’t the only things that should concern you about Internet Explorer – there are plenty of reasons you should think twice before using IE.
1. Frequent Vulnerabilities
Several new zero-day vulnerabilities have recently exploited issues within Internet Explorer. Microsoft has already patched the majority of these…but it’s happening more and more. Vulnerabilities are easier to exploit when aging technologies no longer have support and investment in them. Security issues, vulnerabilities have often plagued Internet Explorer.
2. Lack of Support
Internet Explorer has been slow to innovate over the years. Significant gaps between new releases and version updates led to other browsers taking over and becoming preferred. Microsoft has chosen to bet on Edge rather than IE and has announced an end to critical support for the aging browser in the near future.
3. The Windows 10 Expiration Date
IE is tied to Windows 10. Microsoft has stated that IE will continue receiving “levels” of support until Windows 10 is expired. This doesn’t mean it won’t lose other support.
For example, Microsoft announced a plan to remove support for O365 applications. Beginning in November of 2020, Microsoft will be reducing the Microsoft 365 applications will support using IE. On the current roadmap, Teams will be the first one to stop working with Internet Explorer. By August 2021, support for all O365 apps for IE will be gone.
4. User Experience
Let’s be honest – the user experience with Internet Explorer leaves a lot to be desired. Internet Explorer 11 was launched in 2013. Think about how different the internet is now. With something built to support the landscape back then, you’re sacrificing speed and more. By default, Internet Explorer doesn’t support extensions and doesn’t work on devices that aren’t made for Windows.
“Since then, open web standards and newer browsers—like the new Microsoft Edge—have enabled better, more innovative online experiences. We believe that Microsoft 365 subscribers, in both consumer and commercial contexts, will be well served with this change through faster and more responsive web access to greater sets of features in everyday toolsets like Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, and more.”Microsoft
5. There are better, safer options
Internet Explorer may have been the most popular browser years ago, but that’s not the case anymore. Only 5.8% of internet users are using IE as their main browser now. To put that in perspective, nearly 70% of PCs are using Chrome. Whether you prefer Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Edge – there are countless other options for more secure, more enjoyable browsing. Microsoft has said themselves that IE isn’t a browser – at this point it’s a “compatibility solution.” If you’re not dealing with legacy sites that haven’t been updated for modern browsers, you have no reason to use IE.
While you technically can still use Internet Explorer (let’s be honest – you may have it installed and we can’t physically stop you), you shouldn’t. Find an updated, supported browser you’re comfortable with and enjoy using – just as long as it’s not IE.
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