ICYMI (and with most of us using Chrome or Firefox, you have) Microsoft has quietly been unplugging Internet Explorer as its primary browser in hopes that many will consider its new, bold browser — Microsoft Edge.
For years, IE has been known as the “hackers playground” because it is so susceptible to viruses, trojan horses, and unwittingly phishing expeditions. From memory consumption to performance to even design, tech publications have routinely ranked Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera far ahead of IE.
Microsoft knows this, which is why Bill Gates and the gang have finally given IE the familiar “Old Yeller” treatment out back behind Gates’ palatial estate, as seen with the strongly urged Microsoft 10 update for all PC users.
Does this mean Microsoft has finally thrown up the white flag behind all the IE hate to go with Edge? With IE no longer accepting updates and realizing the onslaught of browser bugs it has, it appears that Microsoft is quietly accepting IE is the grandparent of Web browsing that needs to escorted to the home.
Earlier in the year, Microsoft Edge senior program manager Crispin Cowan made some bold predictions in the blog post Microsoft Edge: Building a safer browser. In the blog, Cowan assured us that:
With Microsoft Edge, we want to fundamentally improve security over existing browsers and enable users to confidently experience the web from Windows. We have designed Microsoft Edge to defend users from increasingly sophisticated and prevalent attacks.
In other words: “We hear you, people. We would love another chance at being your favorite, so we kicked gramps out of the La-Z-Boy recliner and brought along its cooler hipster grandson. The cool kids like it. You will too.”
With new features and sworn defense against trolling attacks out there, Microsoft Edge is hoping there’s a new dorsal fin in the deep end.