Internet Explorer has increasingly fallen out of favour for both users and developers amid the rise of alternatives like Google Chrome and Apple's Safari, which have grabbed an increasing share of the web browser market.
Microsoft will end support for Internet Explorer 10 in January 2020, while Internet Explorer 11 will remain as the final iteration of the software.
"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", Jackson wrote. Moreover, new apps are coming out with greater frequency every year and as such, testing them on the browser that was sent to the technology retirement home in 2015 doesn't appear to be a viable option.
Wait... hang on... so it IS a browser then? Microsoft Worldwide Lead for Application Compatibility Chris Jackson said this week that IE isn't really a browser but a "compatibility solution" to deal with legacy sites.
As you know, Microsoft is already working on a Chromium-powered version of Edge browser. They don't use Internet Explorer for the same, anymore. That's not a browser.
Jackson doesn't even refer to Internet Explorer as a browser in the blog post. Worse, Edge isn't available on Windows 7 or 8, meaning the systems many companies rely on don't have access to Microsoft's latest browser. However, old habits do die hard and the same goes with Internet Explorer.
In a new blog post, Jackson said that, for some organizations, using Internet Explorer as the default for all situations "is the 'easy button, ' because, well, most of your sites were designed for Internet Explorer, so...just...always use it, ok?"
"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", Jackson says.