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IE 8, 9 and 10 – R.I.P


Bye Bye IE, Hello Edge…

The older versions of Internet Explorer were a big pain in the neck for web developers. Mostly because when developing websites, developers had to create web pages that work no matter what, platform screen size, and browser. The problem with Explore was that it did not want to play nice with the Internet community like other browsers. Things became doubly difficult for developers, as they had to devote more time to writing code to follow the convoluted ins and outs that Microsoft used in their browser, which ignored web standards that everyone else was using. Developers had to add the additional code to be compatible with IE. You had to write all this into various modules in some CSS and HTML portions of a web or app just to deal with IE.

Why do we say that they died?

These versions of Explorer are no longer downloadable from Microsoft or update either, as of January 12, 2016; there will not be any more support for them as well. Hackers will have a field day because of this, and they will take over. Security will be a joke, and they will exploit any bugs, and soon everything will fall apart for the user who continues to use the earlier versions of IE.

So, what should you, the user do?

Microsoft has sent a message to all the users of IE to upgrade to IE 11 and up or better yet download Edge. Edge if you recall replaces IE and the direct competitor to Google’s highly successful Chrome browser. Microsoft feels that Edge will take the market share from the other competing browsers like Chrome without having to do what they did to shut out Netscape way back when in the mid-nineties. If you remember in 1997, Microsoft in an attempt to monopolize the browser market by making IE an integral part of the OS and took out links and hooks that let Netscape function. AOL took Microsoft to court seeking billions in damages. In 2003, they settled for $750 million dollars. But, for all intents and purposes, Netscape became history as a major player in the PC browser market.

Edge is the Windows 10 default browser, and because Windows 10 is gaining popularity, Microsoft believes that Edge’s use will eclipse that of its rivals, FireFox, Safari, and of course, Chrome.

Microsoft has gone on record saying that Explorer 11 will still have support as long as they will support Windows, 7, 8.1, and 10 for so long as they live. So, you see the fallacy with that as well. Microsoft can pull the plug on support when their next OS release comes out, which finally kills IE for good.


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