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Offline ky331

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Microsoft security chief downplays use of Internet Explorer
« on: February 07, 2019, 09:13:40 PM »
Microsoft security chief: IE is not a browser, so stop using it as your default

 

Internet Explorer is a 'compatibility solution' for enterprise customers to deal with legacy sites and should only be used selectively, warns Microsoft exec.

 
https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-security-chief-ie-is-not-a-browser-so-stop-using-it-as-your-default/

 
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/The-perils-of-using-Internet-Explorer-as-your-default-browser/ba-p/331732

 

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Re: Microsoft security chief downplays use of Internet Explorer
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2019, 12:58:07 AM »
Unlike a lot of people I know, I've never been fond of IE.  I've never even used it on Windows 10. Rather, I stick with both Pale Moon and Microsoft Edge (along with keeping programs updated, careful surfing and ad-blocking).


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Re: Microsoft security chief downplays use of Internet Explorer
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2019, 02:16:38 AM »
I'm gonna have to remember this one.

"Windows isn't an Operating System.  It's a 'compatability solution' for me to deal with all the legacy Win32 applications I use."

Windows is an OS, you say? I have the same thought about Internet Explorer. It's still a browser. So is Netscape Navigator.

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Re: Microsoft security chief downplays use of Internet Explorer
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2019, 02:27:36 AM »
Wait a sec... he's right!

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Re: Microsoft security chief downplays use of Internet Explorer
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2019, 03:15:53 PM »
Microsoft threw in the towel on IE when it released Edge. I agree with that MS exec. "In the modern, standards-based sense", IE should not be considered a browser any more than Word Viewer should be considered a word processor.

When my employer threatened to fire me unless I gave up Netscape and moved to the company standard IE6, I grew to really like IE. I refused to believe all the BS from the FF fans and MS/IE bashers, including most of my colleagues that IE was unsafe. So I never switched to FF. And since none - not one - of the several 100 systems I was responsible for got compromised, I found myself vindicated.

It was also helpful (and illuminating) when I asked my colleagues, "Did you stop getting infected just by switching to FF?" Of course, their responses were always, they didn't get infected before. Why? Because they kept their OSes current, used a decent anti-malware solution, didn't partake in illegal file sharing, and were not click happy - the same steps needed regardless their browser of choice.

Anyway, fast forward to W10 - and MS once again demonstrates an unfathomable level of incompetence by their C-level management and marketing departments by "forcing" the half-baked Edge on us - the replacement browser that clearly, was not only half-baked, it was missing quite a few ingredients to begin with. :( 

But that was not all. It was almost immediate that crashes, browsing and site rendering problems started cropping up with IE. And as the months passed, the frequency and severity of those problems increased. I saw this happening on all my systems, and I had several friends and clients say the same thing.

I am 99% convinced, MS slowly poisoned IE to force users to abandon it. It was not that maintenance on IE waned. I really suspect bugs were purposely introduced into IE to make it less desirable. And it worked. Of course, I am not a programmer so I have no proof of that - it may all be in my head. But IE's performance and reliability did decline - no doubts there. So I switched to PM after ~6 months. I am not totally happy with PM, but it'll do. I am happy Edge is finally coming of age, but it still has a ways to go before I consider moving to it.

I really wish the C-level management and marketing weenies would keep their grubby little mitts to themselves and let the developers do the developing. I truly believe they are some of the best in the world and, if left to do their jobs unhindered, could and would put out products that were as near perfect and bug free (and truly ready for public release) as humanly possible. At the very least, if the developers were not held to a date on the calendar, I am certain the paranoia about Windows Updates breaking W10 would pretty much be non-existant.
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