You may be wondering why some people are still using Internet Explorer. But it turns out that some businesses are still relying on Microsoft’s oldest browser for older web applications that still haven’t been modernized.
Microsoft has been attempting to make businesses modernize their older web apps but the process has been more complicated than expected. IT admins are continuously using IE. For example, in Windows 10 IE 11 is using an Enterprise Mode that aids admins add websites that need old version of web standards.
“When we introduced Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11 in 2014, we made the very deliberate decision not to include wild card support. You must add all the sites that you want so that we don’t continue the chain of “debt by default” that was initiated back in 2001,” Chris Jackson from Microsoft said in a blog post titled “The perils of using Internet Explorer as your default browser”.
The expert also says that IE is a compatibility solution rather than an actual browser. Obviously, Microsoft is not supporting new web standards for it and, while many sites work fine, developers aren’t testing for Internet Explorer any longer because they are testing on modern browser, he added. In short, the company doesn’t want businesses relying on IE anymore.
On the other hand, Microsoft Edge is not the best solution either since the company has not succeeded in delivering a satisfying experience for both home and enterprise users. It should also be mentioned that Edge wasn’t available on Windows 7 and Windows 8, making the situation for IT admins more challenging.
To address this, Microsoft is now creating a Chromium-powered version of Edge that soon should be available for testing. The browser will come separately from Windows 10, making it possible for admins and businesses to install it on machines running Windows 7 and Windows 8.