For many years, Internet Explorer was the dominant web browser. From its introduction in 1995, the browser took the internet by storm, eventually earning approximately 95% of online usage. Not only was it an easy way to browse, but it also continually advanced — keeping both speed and usability in mind with each update.
But with time, strong competition was introduced with the rollout of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari. As these browsers rapidly gained popularity, IE steadily lost favor among web users and later this year, the once-popular offering will effectively come to an end. In fact, the transition has already begun. Microsoft Teams ended support for IE in November 2020. The remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will end their support of it in August of this year.
So, what exactly does this mean for you? Websites will no longer be developed or tested for Internet Explorer compatibility. If your members use IE as their primary browser, they can expect to run into issues with functionality, responsiveness, and an overall lessened user experience.
Now is the time for your organization to select and begin utilizing a new browser internally. It’s also important to speak with your members about this change and what they can expect once Internet Explorer is deprecated.
Habits can be hard to break but for optimal performance and user experience, it’s time to look at which browser option works for you. Remember, we are always here to answer any questions you may have. Get in touch by filling out the form below or emailing [email protected].
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