The end of support for Internet Explorer caused panic in
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The end of support for Internet Explorer caused panic in Japanese government agencies and commercial structures

While Japan is still regarded by many as a top technology leader, things are nowhere near as good in the country as they once were. Microsoft’s end of support for the outdated Internet Explorer browser has caused serious problems for government and commercial structures that have stretched their web resources to the last.

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According to publication Nikkei Asian Review, Tokyo-based software developer Computer Engineering & Consulting (CEC) has been struggling to keep up with orders since April due to an influx of requests for help. Customers primarily include ministries, financial institutions and manufacturing companies that still have websites that are optimized for Internet Explorer. According to the CEC, the end of support has long been known, but many are reluctant to take the necessary measures. The resulting chaos is expected to continue for a few more months.

Microsoft officially ended support for Internet Explorer on June 15 after 27 years of the browser. Many users have long since switched to alternatives, but many organizations still cling to solutions built for the old browser. According to one of the March polls, 49% of respondents acknowledged its use at work.

It is noteworthy that the browser is used not only for viewing websites, but also as a tool for monitoring employee presence and working with other internal company tools. Some government portals, including a local pension fund resource, indicate that online forms should be filled out in Internet Explorer mode even in new browsers, and some resources officially recommend the old Microsoft solution as the main browser.

Released in 1995, the browser once became the world standard for the industry, displacing Netscape and accounting for 65% of the market in 2009. In the late 2000s, however, its share began to decline rapidly and is now less than 1%, according to StatCounter.

One of the reasons is non-compliance with international web technology standards. According to experts, the browser handled JavaScript and other code in alternative programming languages ​​poorly, which prevented its use with interactive websites. The decline of Internet Explorer coincided with the rise of Google Chrome, which now dominates the world market with a 65% share.

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Robbie Elmers

Robbie Elmers is a staff writer for Tech News Space, covering software, applications and services.

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