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Death of Internet Explorer announced

Do we care? What's your most amusing story? Who still uses it!?

Didn't find your answer?

On 22 June 2022, in order to push Edge, Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on Internet Explorer.

Most of us started our internet story with Internet Explorer, and it's been the butt of many jokes over the last two and half decades (namely lack of security and speed). IE has been subject to more security bugs than any other mainstream browser in the history of browsers.

I'm not sure whether the reaction will be one of fondness, humour or relief to see the back of it. Ambivalence, perhaps? Does anyone even care?

Is there actually any accountants out there still using it (despite the release of Microsoft Edge)? And if so, why?

At the risk of being accused of inciting more IE-bashing, I'd love to hear your most amusing stories, your most frustrating mishaps and other stories you've heard.

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By SXGuy
24th May 2021 12:49

I remember the death of Netscape Navigator. Now that's oldskool

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By K81
24th May 2021 12:49

OK, my computer skills are limited but I still use Internet Explorer & had no idea it was on its way out. I have tried Edge & Chrome on colleagues computers but dislike them intensely & am always relived to return to my own machine.

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By tom123
24th May 2021 13:01

Someone had better tell all the pension companies and banks etc, whose buggy websites can often only work on Explorer, and not on Chrome, for example.

Never mind Firefox.

Barclaycard, in my case, only downloads statements via Explorer.
Aegon Pensions, again in my case, can only be operated via Explorer.

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By Mr_awol
24th May 2021 15:09

tom123 wrote:

Never mind Firefox.

I remember when people used to go on about how great firefox was, using comments like 'less buggy' and 'more secure' to pretend they knew what they were talking about.

I still remember this going on even when the organisation i worked for sent IT contractors round to remove any installations of Firefox and other alternative browsers and we were all warned not to use them due to their "security weaknesses".

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By jwgrogan
25th May 2021 13:35

tom123 wrote:

Barclaycard, in my case, only downloads statements via Explorer.

???? You must have something wrongly set up. I only ever use Firefox and have been downloading my Barclaycard statements every month for years.

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By Lisa R
27th May 2021 13:47

I use firefox and both Barclaycard and Aegon work ok with them (keeping my fingers crossed now after saying that!).
Barclaycard is not great generally, always very slow and sometimes doesn't update the latest statement details until a few days later but then my colleague has the same problems with them and he uses a different browser.

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By Geoff56
24th May 2021 13:08

Actually, I still use Explorer a fair amount of the time and I'm rather fond of it. I am aware of its limitations but much prefer its usability to Chrome. I shall be sorry to see it go. I'm not surprised, although I had no idea it would happen so soon. I'd better transfer all those favourites...........

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By New To Accountancy
24th May 2021 13:14

'Internet Explorer - the search engine that gives you everything, except what you have searched for'
- has always been my experience.

No, I'll not miss it.

I use firefox and I don't think I'll use anything else.

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By DJKL
24th May 2021 13:46

I use Chrome and Edge, Chrome is for the everyday matters, Edge for things like Clydesdale Bank (now Virgin) which have taken an intense dislike to Chrome.

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By Hugo Fair
24th May 2021 14:02

And that's the Catch-22 that has always permeated the PC industry (yeah and the newer mobile too). How to balance the benefits of a single dominant platform (no incompatibilities introduced via competing suppliers) with those of multiple alternatives (new features and competitive pricing).
Once upon a time (pre-Windows) I ran a company producing business software for PCs - but there were over a dozen variants of DOS (the operating system), so we had to test each new version on 12+ PCs sourced from different manufacturers! When Windows started to dominate as the new platform, life became easier and our products became cheaper.
With browsers we're still in the 'multiple vendors' mode (except across many more hardware platforms so software developers don't properly test across all the permutations) ... hence all the stories of XYZ not working on ABC browser!

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By SteveHa
24th May 2021 14:31

I've never used IE. I use Linux predominantly, and my browser of choice has been Firefox for years.

When in the office, or remoted into to the office using Windows, I still use FF.

Until I saw the news, I thought IE had been consigned to the history books decades ago.

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By stepurhan
24th May 2021 14:57

As someone with a relative that worked in computing for years, I know one person that will not be sorry to see it go.

They told me that websites often had to have work-arounds built in specifically for deficiencies of IE. The code would have been a lot simpler without having to cater for it.

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By Mr_awol
24th May 2021 15:06

I still use it occasionally. It's much better than Edge (and marginally better than Chrome) apart from, of course, the fact that not all websites work with it now.

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By Paul D Utherone
25th May 2021 14:18

I have variously: IE, Edge, Chrome & Firefox (and Safari on my Mac) as browsers on the work PC as certain programs will only interact with one or other of them. Let's hope that everyone manages to get working cross platform one day!!

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By Ken Moorhouse
26th May 2021 10:02

One of my clients is evaluating Xero. Had a problem with entering transactions in one of the ledgers (the browser was just hanging). Could kick myself for not noticing she was using IE. She rang the consultant recommending Xero who quickly established the issue and got her to use Chrome instead.

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By Malcolm McFarlin
27th May 2021 10:55

The problem I found with Edge is that it lets you print off documents but not save them as a pdf file which is frustrating for many HMRC documents I want to download. So, I tend to use Google Chrome for work and Edge for general websites.

It may be my lack of IT skills which prevent me for undertaking the above task -so would be great to hear if there is a workaround.

Also found lately that a downloaded pdf file must be saved with the reference number allocated to it and then renamed to your chosen file name once you have saved it. Previously I was able to rename the downloaded document straight away.

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By ugdiv
27th May 2021 11:34

I use the Chrome browser with the 'IE Tab' extension installed
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ie-tab/hehijbfgiekmjfkfjpbkbam...

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By ugdiv
27th May 2021 13:39

Some CCTV recorders only work on IE, and IE Tab gets around this nicely.
Do any other AWeb members use it?

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