This week Microsoft finally took a step further year of manufacture: the company SAYS it will stop the dumped web browser in Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022. IE was launched in 1995 and was first installed on every Windows device for almost 20 years since 1997. But the devastation of the world should not be confused with popularity. IE has issues with speed, reliability, and performance, not to mention one there is no end parade on serious problem security issues.
“Although another security -related browser bug has been unveiled, the sixth to affect Microsoft Internet Explorer this month,” WIRED WROTE in March 1997. Not only that IE has bugs, though. I’m sorry HONOR came Microsoft’s habit of binding IE to its operating system while simultaneously prioritizing the best practices for browser development and afterwards not being able to continue pushing and distributing patches immediately. Even now, when browsers like Chrome receive updates when needed, Microsoft still only updates IE once a month.
Now, IE has long been out of favor. Microsoft has already spent five years cutting support for various versions. but until November, the browser is still the fourth most popular of desktops with a 5.2 percent market share, ahead of Apple Safari, according to data from web analytics firm NetMarketShare. And the attackers is still the same actively targets the sliver on the remaining IE devices. That’s why Microsoft will have to move even more users next year. And those that remain afterwards will remain exposed for a long time.
“In recent years we have continued to see exploitative kits that target Internet Explorer vulnerabilities through malvertising campaigns,” said Cedric Owens, a longtime security researcher and leader in red team. Microsoft’s move away from Internet Explorer is a good thing. ”
Microsoft is trying to push its users edge, the IE replacement that started with Windows 10, from 2015. It was done again this week. “If Internet Explorer has been your go-to for years, Microsoft Edge can now be your trusted web companion,” Microsoft Edge manager Sean Lyndersay wrote in a blog post on Wednesday announcing the end of IE’s life plan.
But like many others widespread in the late 1990s and early 2000s Microsoft products, Internet Explorer is long dead.
If you remember long goodbye to Windows XP, a project that still very much, you have an insight into what could possibly happen in Internet Explorer. Microsoft 365 and other apps will end support for all versions of IE on August 17, and Internet Explorer 11 will completely retire a little over a year from now. However, versions of Internet Explorer will linger on computers that do not receive updates, which can include those to make critical infrastructure settings. And a fraction of a percent are still many devices when there are billions of Windows machines out there.
“While most of the vulnerabilities started a few years ago, users probably won’t stop trusting Internet Explorer, even if it’s officially killed by Microsoft,” said Ryan Kalember, executive vice president of cybersecurity strategy at the security firm at Proofpoint. “Significant risk reduction will require active elimination similar to what has just happened. with Flash, but we expect the threat actors to continue to improve their tactics as they target Microsoft users. “
Also, like the long swan song in Windows XP, Microsoft will actually continue to support some versions of IE for quite some time. Server Internet Explorer 11 will not lose support next year, nor will IE that is in Microsoft’s Windows 10 business “LTSC” program, or Long-Term Servicing Channel.
To deal with legacy websites that were built for the purpose of IE designations years ago, Microsoft has an “IE mode” on the Edge that can still load pages. in fact, switch to any current browser. But old habits are dying hard, and Internet Explorer is likely to crash into web sites at some point.
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