Why You Should Stop Using Internet Explorer and Start Using Edge
Internet Explorer (or IE for short) has been around since time immemorial – almost twenty five years if memory serves us techs right. IE first came bundled with Windows ‘95 and up to until the latest version of the Windows operating system – Windows 10 – has always been a staple of any Microsoft OS.
This has allowed Microsoft to hold a market share of about 95% of the internet browsing populace in the early 2000s. However, since then, new competitors have emerged. Browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari have taken a big chunk of the market share nowadays. Microsoft though, refusing to get left behind, has also released its newest browser – Microsoft Edge – which works best with the newest versions of Windows.
While using IE might seem like quite a hard habit to break, here are three important reasons why you need to stop using Internet Explorer and switch over to Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft has stopped supporting older versions of Internet Explorer
IE Versions 7, 8, 9, and 10 are already outside Microsoft’s scope of support. This therefore means that any updates like patches and security updates won’t be available for these versions. No patches and updates make your computer more vulnerable to viruses, adware, and malicious codes found on some websites (ex. phishing sites and questionable webpages).
While IE 11 is still supported, Microsoft encourages users to migrate to their newest browser: Microsoft Edge. Microsoft fully supports Edge; and consistently updates it to handle the latest web page designs and combat malicious codes/viruses. More importantly, the MS team is consistently coming up with updates for a fast and seamless browsing experience for Edge users.
Internet Explorer doesn’t display webpages properly
Internet Explorer is the bane of every web developer/designer. Aside from having a track record of bugs, performance issues, and security hitches, IE simply doesn’t measure up to its newer competitors. It reads codes, interprets it quite differently, and displays the visuals dissimilarly from the way the other browsers do. For example, your website might look good on your browser; but will look very differently on an IE user’s screen.
Microsoft Edge, on the other hand, is up-to-standards with all the other browsers – and it can even be argued that it does better than the others when it comes to visuals and performance.
Internet Explorer has speed issues
One of the performance indicators that today’s web design and browser developers are obsessing over is loading speed. Websites – even the most graphic-intensive ones – need to load in less than five seconds. This is important, especially when it comes to doing business on the internet. The general assumption is that if a site doesn’t load in about four seconds, a potential happy user is lost in the wind.
According to different tests, Internet Explorer – even the newest iteration – is way slower than all the other browsers out there. It takes about an average of almost ten seconds to load a site. And for you, as a user, that’s way too long and inconvenient. Microsoft Edge, on the other hand, takes less resources and is significantly way faster than IE.
Conclusion: Edge > Internet Explorer
While Internet Explorer has been around for quite some time, it’s now time to migrate to a newer, more flexible, and all-around browser. As a user, you deserve the best option available; and even Microsoft knows this – and that’s why they’ve come up with Edge – a faster and more reliable replacement for the aging IE. Aside from being faster, safe, and always up-to-date, you also get full support from the Microsoft team. So there you have it, always look for the BLUE E icon and retire the LIGHT blue E icon.
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