Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was one of the earliest web browsers available being introduced in the Plus! For Windows 95 enhancement pack. Its first mainstream introduction was in Windows 95 operating system and the final version still being included in Windows 10. Microsoft has official “retired” the Internet Explorer browser and now focuses on their new product known as the Edge browser. Although Internet Explorer is now considered end of life, the 11th version of the software will continue to be supported and maintained by Microsoft for the versions of Windows with which it was included.
Throughout its life Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has been one of the most iconic and popular web browsers available. In the earliest days the product was even available for the Macintosh computer. Many people, including myself, got their first taste of the internet through Microsoft’s Internet Explorer software. I can remember the anticipation and the buzzing and dinging from my old 56k dial up modem. Although most have similarly fond memories of their first experiences out into the world wide web, there are some issues with the Internet Explorer browser that have popped up over time and some of the larger ones are problematic enough to consider other browsing options.
The biggest problems with Microsoft Internet Explorer can be defined by compatibility and security and they are problems that affect both the end user and the professional producing and supporting content for the world wide web. Technology continues to grow and evolve rapidly, and the technical world is vastly different today than it was when Internet Explorer first released. As new technologies and libraries come and go, support for them must be included and updated in the Internet Explorer software. Some of Microsoft’s decisions and practices can be attributed to the root of both the security and compatibility problems that the browser faces. While it can be a challenge to keep your personal or professional technology infrastructure up to date, it is a very necessary endeavor.
Security is one of the main concerns the following primary reason. Microsoft will routinely discontinue support for older versions of its software. Once a piece of software hits the end of life date, that software is now no longer supported by Microsoft which ultimately means there will be no more compatibility or security updates released for that product. Older versions of software that still see regular use are prime targets for hackers and spies due to the fact those products will not be getting any more security fixes to undo the nefarious individuals’ work in compromising your system. Running outdated and unsupported software is one of the leading causes of security breaches in the cyber realm. Software updates that come down regularly for your operating system and other software regularly fix security risks that many people may never be aware even existed. Many organizations and agencies are often running older versions of operating systems and browsers due to financial constraints or operational rules defining which hardware and software they are cleared to use. It’s worth noting that in some cases corporate and government usages “can” be given extended support for a product that no longer sees commercial or consumer support. It’s also important to remember though that often the websites that require these older unsupported technologies can be accessed on machines that may not necessarily be entitled to extended support.
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