The reason? There's a big, attractive Internet out there, but Internet Explorer users are likely missing out on a lot of experiences that aren't tailored to the browser. Hopefully, businesses will at least relegate Internet Explorer to running legacy apps as intended, and use Microsoft's new browser for the modern web instead.
In a post called "The perils of using Internet Explorer as your default browser", Microsoft's Chris Jackson said everyone should stop using Internet Explorer. "We want you to use IE for the sites that need it - what I'm trying to say here is that I hope you don't use it for everything else".
The landscape has seen a considerable shift since then- Chrome is now the dominant browser, in terms of market share, followed by Safari in a distant second place, and then Firefox, according to both StatCounter and Net Applications.
Microsoft replaced Internet Explorer with Edge long ago but users continue to favour Internet Explorer especially when it comes to businesses and government organisations.
Jackson doesn't even refer to Internet Explorer as a browser in the blog post.
Back in the day
Jackson laid out a scenario in which a company, choosing the easiest possible route since Internet Explorer 6, goes to make a webpage today and ends up using a 1999 implementation of web standards by default.
"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. As new apps are coming out with greater frequency, what we want to help you do is avoid having to miss out on a progressively larger portion of the web!" 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.
Microsoft later confirmed that it is dropping the Internet Explorer brand for Edge when it launched Windows 10.
Unfortunately, Internet Explorer isn't equipped to handle the modern web.
The brand has struggled to shake off the bad reputation of Internet Explorer 6, which was notoriously insecure.