While many of us may have said goodbye to Internet Explorer after its recent demise, the demise of the old browser can pose a major problem for some organizations.
Many companies in Japan, including government agencies, financial institutions, and manufacturing and logistics companies, still use the now-unsupported web browser, according to the Asian Business publication. Nikkei.
Microsoft finally ended support for Internet Explorer after 27 years on June 15, 2022, warning users of cybersecurity risks if they continue to use the software.
Why does Japan still rely on Internet Explorer?
The browser is still commonly used in Japan for managing employee task participation, settling expenses, and other internal purposes, according to research by information technology company Keyman’s Net, cited by Nikkei.
Nearly half – 49% – of respondents said they still use the browser for work, and 20% said they weren’t sure how to transition from Internet Explorer.
Many of Japan’s important public sector resources have been slow to answer the question according to from Nikkei communicating.
Notices from the Japan Pension Service about online apps still require users to use Edge in Internet Explorer mode, as does the website of an unnamed government-backed mutual aid corporation for private schools.
It’s not just the Japanese who still cling to Internet Explorer.
Lansweeper research shared exclusively with Pro states that nearly half (47%) of Windows 10 devices will need to be updated because they still use Internet Explorer as their browser – the equivalent of millions of PCs in offices and other workplaces around the world.
Microsoft first announced its plans to phase out Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 in August 2020, and has since been phasing out services from the software.
Internet Explorer has a storied history, victoriously battling other browsers such as Netscape in the late 1990s for dominance in the phenomenon known as the “Browser Wars”.