Microsoft is killing off IE, after 20 'glorious' years. In Windows 10, the new 'Project Spartan' browser takes the lead, with IE relegated to enterprise compatibility duties. Supposedly, the old rendering engine couldn't be improved any longer, requiring a new engine: 'Edge'.
RIP IE: 1995–2015.
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Tom Warren wishes to register a complaint:
The Internet Explorer brand is going away. [Microsoft] has now confirmed that it will use a new name for its upcoming browser...codenamed Project Spartan. ... Internet Explorer will still exist in some versions of Windows 10 [for] compatibility, [but] Spartan will be...the primary way for Windows 10 users to access the web.
Microsoft is clearly testing names with market research, but it’s unclear when the company plans to unveil the final name. MORE
I'm sorry, Ian Paul has a cold:
During Microsoft’s Convergence conference in Atlanta...Microsoft’s marketing chief Chris Capossela pretty much admitted that the name [is] on its way out.
Internet Explorer is still the most popular browser on Windows, but it is far from the most capable. ... Chrome and Firefox feature far more consumer-friendly features and a broad catalog of extensions. ... Chrome is also morphing from just a browser to a complete desktop-like working environment.
The new browser will come packed with Cortana, Microsoft’s personal digital assistant. [It] also comes with a brand new rendering engine called Edge. The new browser engine promises to be much speedier than Trident, which powers IE. MORE
But Michelle "mighty" Quinn purchased IE not half an hour ago:
Internet Explorer [was] created in part to battle Netscape Navigator and [was] a key element in the Department of Justice’s antitrust investigation.
[It] has died. It was 20. ... This is a major decision. ... IE was integrated in Windows and captured 90 percent of market share. Even now [it] has about 60 percent. ... Killing off IE is part of...Satya Nadella’s efforts to shake the...firm out of its complacency. MORE
No, no, says CHK6—IE's resting:
[It] will stick around for a very long time in the enterprise market. It will become the new backwards legacy.
You can erase IE from the consumers, but that rusty hook is deeply lodged into many enterprise systems. MORE
Meanwhile, Larry Dignan knows a dead browser when he sees one:
Let's play suggestion box. ... Clearly a browser name will matter. [It] can't have a clunker of a name.
That's why Microsoft may just need your help. Name its new browser. MORE
Well I'd better replace it then.
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