Internet Explorer is dead and what you need to know

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It’s another dark day in January, but this time it’s for PC users and fans of Internet Explorer.
Long before its competition took over there was one browser that you could argue was the best in the world. And it went by Internet Explorer. Every PC computer came bundled with it, and just became your standard PC browser that opened (unless you changed your settings) up until this past March when Edge emerged on Windows 10. Granted Netscape, Opera and Mozilla was around and kicking it, for most part you could say Explorer was ahead of the curve….slightly.

To get a more in depth history of the “rise and fall of Internet Explorer” check out the blog at Wired.

In December of last year Microsoft gave Explorer it’s last rights and said “It’s ending support for Explorer 8, 9 and 10.” So what now? What should I use? Why am I panicking so much?!

In order to help your panic attack we’ve created a list of some top browsers that you should be using, but remember if you continue to use these legacy products which are not getting [security] updates you might be setting yourself up for some major threats.

Our picks for PC web browsing (in no particular order)

1. Google Chrome
Chrome is a fast, simple, and secure web browser, built for the modern web. One of the most popular browsers today. In our experience chrome is very reliable with very few crashes and has some great plugins that we are testing for web development.

2. Firefox
Is a Web browser that is smaller, faster, and in some ways more secure than the Mozilla browser from which much of its code was originally came from. Compared to Internet Explorer, the most popular Web browser, Firefox gives users a cleaner interface and faster download speeds. Firefox also has some great applications for web developers.

3. Opera
Opera includes built-in tabbed browsing, a bookmarks bar, add-ons, and a download manager. Opera has “Speed Dial”, which allows the user to add an unlimited number of pages shown in thumbnail form in a page displayed when a new tab is opened. Speed Dial allows the user to more easily navigate to the selected web pages.

4. Edge
Is a web browser developed by Microsoft and included in the company’s Windows 10 operating systems, replacing Internet Explorer as the default web browser on all device classes. We have not had an opportunity to play with this yet, but we’ve heard some good and of course the bad with this software. For example there are currently no plugins, but we’ve heard sometime in 2016 there will be. Check out this link for more info.

I hope all my PC friends can now breathe a bit easier. We know change is hard especially when it has become your daily routine for years and years, but please remember to browse safely and keep updated.

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