Internet Explorer is now in the throes of death, and it’s been a long wait. (Kinda like that drama or sitcom we’ve found ourselves wondering “when will it ever end?!”) But yes, the end is nigh for IE, and Microsoft has got a bright and shiny new browser ready for Windows 10.
We probably should have seen this coming when the former IE chief bowed out from Microsoft.
It might be quite a while to wait out for Windows 10, but if you listen closely, you’ll hear the sighs of (possible and highly probable) relief of computer users everywhere with the dawn of a new browser.
At the Microsoft Convergence yesterday, the company did confirm that it was going to retire Internet Explorer name as soon as the new browser in development is in operation.
The codename for for this new browser is Project Spartan, and that internal testing for what the name will be is currently ongoing. Jonathan Sampson, one of the developers, explains it so:
“[Changing the name] has been suggested internally; I remember a particularly long email thread where numerous people were passionately debating it. Plenty of ideas get kicked around about how we can separate ourselves from negative perceptions that no longer reflect our product today.”
(So, we suppose that means no latching on to the name just yet, but you got to admit, “Spartan” is a pretty cool name.)
But it seems IE isn’t quite going to go the way of the Commodore 64 just yet: sources say that IE may be hanging around for some time in some versions of Windows 10 for enterprise compatibility reasons, but Project Spartan will also be there to give new users a a go at what it has to offer.
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