ProtonMail drops support for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer over security concerns

Popular CERN-hatched encrypted email service ProtonMail has stated it will drop support for all versions of Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s legacy browser that in the early 2000s was ubiquitous on Windows desktops. 

These days Microsoft is focused on its Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge, but in 2003 its predecessor, Internet Explorer (IE), had a marketshare of 95 percent. 

Today that has fallen to less than 10 percent, according to Net Marketshare figures. Edge trails at under five percent, while the dominant browser remains Google Chrome, which arrived in 2008, and now has a steady 60 percent share worldwide. 

ProtonMail is an end-to-end encrypted email service that emerged from Swiss-based research facility CERN in 2014 in the wake of Edward Snowden’s leaks about the US National Security Agency’s mass hacking programs like PRISM. 

ProtonMail offers an alternative to Google Gmail and Microsoft Outlook users who are concerned about government snooping.