Written by Jack Renshaw in News,
Internet Explorer is Dead.
Internet explorer is finally dead, so if you are still using it, here’s what you should do and which browser you should change to.
Browsers need to be supported by a huge team of software developers so they can keep up with the ever-changing technology landscape. From 17th August 2021, support will officially stop on Internet Explorer and older versions of Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft Edge is what’s is replacing IE and it’s built using the same engine as the internet’s most popular browser Google Chrome. This was entirely expected as Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 were discontinued in 2016 just 1 year after Edge was initially released.
So, what should I change to?
Our recommendations are either Chrome, Edge or Mozilla Firefox. These are all good browsers to use and all have specific benefits.
It’s the most popular browser due to its ease of use and speedy performance. It also has a huge library of add on’s to customise how you use it. For example; as a Chrome user, I benefit from add on’s like colour picker to help with web page designs, Grammarly to improve spelling and language throughout any online conversation/written text and Loom to record instructional videos for clients.
Edge can now be used on IOS, unlike its predecessor Internet Explorer. It’s powered by Chromium, just like Google Chrome so it’s very powerful and quick to use. If you’ve been using Explorer in the past this may be the choice for you as it’ll be familiar yet different.
Similar to Chrome, Firefox has a wide range of add on’s. Its key drawback is that it is a little bit slower than Edge and Chrome. What it lacks in speed, however, it makes up for in its privacy protection. It is much easier to wipe/clear your cache and history and it blocks the majority of annoying pop-ups automatically.
The main reason we recommend these three browsers is that they make our job as website developers so much easier. Each browser renders websites slightly different, the biggest issue for us in the past was with Internet Explorer. We would have to make compromises on design to suit IE and now, with Explorer gone, UI and UX will improve in line with websites’ performance in general.
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