Microsoft is finally shutting down the infamous Internet Explorer next week beginning with Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10. This is said to be in transition to the shifting of the company to encourage the users to use the new Microsoft Edge web browser released in Windows 10.
Internet Explorer 11 will still be supported by Microsoft but we also expect this to be shut down later this year thereby forcing everyone to switch to Microsoft Edge and eventually Windows 10.
The infamous web browser had earned criticism after it remain as the only browser which does not support HTML5 and other agreed web standards. This had also been the long problem of web developers because they still have to check if their website looks good and their code works on IE.
Businesses and software developers who are relying on Internet Explorer for their application and web requirements should begin to use new browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox or eventually switch to Microsoft Edge. If you are asking whether it will work with lower version of Windows, the answer is No.
So what’s the difference between Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge?
- Web Note. Microsoft Edge lets you annotate, highlight, and call things out directly on webpages.
- Reading view. Microsoft Edge lets you enjoy and print online articles in a distraction-free layout that’s optimized for your screen size. While in reading view, you can also save webpages or PDF files to your reading list, for later viewing.
- Cortana. Cortana is automatically enabled on Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge lets you highlight words for more info and gives you one-click access to things like restaurant reservations and reviews, without leaving the webpage.
- Compatibility and security. Microsoft Edge lets you continue to use IE11 for sites that are on your corporate intranet or that are included on your Enterprise Mode
- Site List. You must use IE11 to run older, less secure technology, such as ActiveX controls.
Internet Explorer 11
- Backward compatibility. IE11 supports 9 document modes that include high-fidelity emulations for older versions of IE.
- Modern web standards. IE11 supports modern web technologies like HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL, which help to ensure today’s modern websites and apps work just as well as your old, legacy websites and apps.
- More secure. IE11 was designed with security in mind and is more secure than older versions. Using security features like SmartScreen and Enhanced Protected Mode can help IE11 reduce your risk.
- Easier migration to Windows 10. IE11 is the only version of IE that runs on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. Upgrading to IE11 on Windows 7 can also help your organization support the next generation of software, services, and devices.
- Administration. IE11 can use the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) 11 or MSIs for deployment, and includes more than 1,600 Group Policies and preferences for granular control.
Although personally I am not a fan of Microsoft web browsers, I have tried Microsoft Edge when I installed Windows 10 and I think it is way better than its predecessors. What browser am I using? Well I will be honest, I am using Google Chrome.
The bottom line here is if you are using older versions of Internet Explorer then you have to make the move and shift to a new browser or an upgraded version.
Web browsing is part of your business so having an upgraded and secure browser matters a lot.
So there you go. Now, it’s your turn to tell us what you think. Do you think Microsoft Edge is the future of web browsing? Share us your views by commenting on this article.