I am of two minds about the piece that you referenced.
First, I am in total agreement that people should not be using
Internet Explorer unless there's a good reason for doing so. The
browser just isn't going to keep up with today's Web and many
Web sites won't interact properly with Internet Explorer, if at
all, and users will find that their experience with IE will be
degraded, crippled or nonexistent.
Having said that the Komando article has misquoted the original
blog post that it links to. IE is not being retired this
November. The blog post states:
"Beginning November 30, 2020, the Microsoft Teams web app will
no longer support IE 11."
The end of support has to do with Teams and
other Microsoft 365 apps. While IE's retirement is inevitable
the blog post makes it clear that the browser isn't going away
totally, at least not now and certainly not this year. The
Komando piece is an example of poor and irresponsible
journalism. Again, this doesn't mean that I'm encouraging
users to stick with IE until its official retirement. Unless
you're being forced to use it in a corporate environment or
unless you're using a screen reader version that is over ten
years old Firefox or a Chromium-based browser will offer
greater compatibility with today's Web sites, better
performance and equal screen reader compatibility to IE with a
far more accessible experience.
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019
On 8/20/2020 8:18 AM, Gene wrote:
has officially said that it will no longer support Internet
Explorer with security updates in November. I don't recall the
wording and I don't recall if updates will stop at the beginning
of November or at the end.
For years, it has been recommended, even by the department of
homeland security that Internet Explorer not be used for
security reasons. it has very little market share now. Yet
many blind people continue to use it, evidently because of fear
So here are the choices;
Keep using Internet Explorer as it becomes increasingly
dangerous and will slowly work on fewer and fewer sites, or wait
until the last moment and then try other browsers under
pressure, or try other browsers now and see that the only thing
you had to fear was fear itself and give yourself lots of time
to learn, not under pressure, the small amount you will have to
learn unless you want to change settings in the browser.
For a lot of users, there will be very little to learn.
Browsing is almost completely identical with any browser that
supports the Virtual PC Cursor or Browse mode. You will need to
learn to work with book marks differently but, unless you want
to change settings, that will be almost the only thing you will
have to learn. There are one or two other things, such as how
to change where files download to if you don't want them to
download to the default folder.
If you want to work with settings, you will have more to learn.