Business customers looking to continue using Internet Explorer instead of switching to Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 have until January 12, 2016 to upgrade.
For example, businesses that choose to use password managers, like Last Pass, may choose to continue using Internet Explorer because plugins are supported.
Microsoft Edge doesn't support the Last Pass password extension. IE11 continues to support plugins, toolbars and Active X controls, while Microsoft Edge provides Cortana integration for smarter, contextual searches and allows you to note and annotate web pages."In addition to better support for modern web standards, improved performance, increased security, and greater reliability, migrating to Internet Explorer 11 also helps unlock upgrades to Windows 10, Office 365, and the latest Windows devices," Microsoft said.
Graphically intensive web pages displayed with Internet Explorer 11 are rendered using your computer’s graphics processor rather than the CPU as usual, a move which helps with the speed of pages opening.
However, Internet Explorer isn’t all about relying on the GPU.
Full of surprises, perhaps the biggest shock is the speed of Internet Explorer 11.
This new version is able to download pages much more quickly to your computer (mirrored in the Windows Phone 8 version, incidentally), and has done well in independent tests.While this might not sound like a big deal in 2013, 10-15 years ago it caused a lot of problems, some of which persist to this day on web resources that were developed with Microsoft Frontpage or Frontpage Express, for instance.Internet Explorer 11’s adherence to web standards is a massive, albeit late, feather in its cap.In the background, the browser is busy trying to guess which link you’ll click next – and preloading the data!Although this doesn’t happen every time (the algorithm will only pre-fetch the predicted page when it is certain of your choice) it certainly speeds things up when it does.Microsoft continues to support Internet Explorer, which recently turned 20 years old, stating that "Internet Explorer 11 will continue to receive security updates and backward compatibility improvements."Businesses that develop and maintain web applications can save time and development costs by using the new Web Application Compatibility Lab Kit.