half of their companies still use it today

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The Congress of Deputies of Spain is not the only group of users that is reluctant to completely abandon Internet Explorer. To the east of Eurasia, one of the most technologically innovative countries in the world is preparing to suffer “headaches for months” due to the end of support for the mythical Microsoft browser.

According to Nikkei Asiaa large part of the companies and public administration from Japan still need Internet Explorer. The repeated warnings of their imminent demise seem to have had no effect on those who, they say, “waited until the last minute to update their systems.”

Government organizations, the most affected

The news comes from Computer Engineering & Consultinga Japanese consulting firm that has received a huge number of requests to help migrate processes that only work with Internet Explorer to more modern browsers, a challenge that is often not easy and requires a lot of time in advance.

Among the main affected are public administrations, financial institutions and companies in the industrial sector. According to a Keyman’s Net survey 49% of Japanese organizations still use Internet Explorer to do some of your daily chores.

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The old browser is a fundamental resource for employee attendance management systems, accounting settlements and other internal tools, they explain. Additionally, more than 20% of respondents revealed that they do not have a transition plan after Internet Explorer end of support.

It should be noted that, as we mentioned above, migrating to new systems is not always an easy task. Depending on the magnitude of these, developing new solutions, in addition to requiring time, requires investing a lot of money. A clear example is what happens with COBOL, a programming language created in the sixties that is still used today.

Internet Explorer is dead and now what: how long can it continue to be used and what alternatives are there

But unlike COBOL, which continues to evolve, there are other solutions that are destined to die, and holding on to them can only lead to trouble. Without going any further, the Tokyo government has taken so long to catch up with the modernization of its processes that until autumn 2021 it used 3.5-inch ‘floppy disks’ to store part of its data.

How will the case of Japan and Internet Explorer evolve? While browser support has ended, Microsoft has developed a patch that extends its use for several more years. We are talking about integrated IE mode inside Edge. Of course, it is not a browser itself, but a compatibility solution within a modern browser.

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The Congress of Deputies of Spain is not the only group of users that is reluctant to completely abandon Internet…

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