Goodbye IE, Who’s Next?

Microsoft has announced that they will not keep Internet Explorer for the highly anticipated Windows 10. What will take its place?

The browser on which many of us began our internet journey is hanging on by a thread. It’s almost nostalgic to think about that little ‘e’ icon wrapped in a gold ribbon. However, the news that this is on its way out will come as no surprise if you haven’t clicked on that icon for quite some time.

Internet Explorer has fallen quickly in the ranks of browsers. In June 2014 Google Chrome passed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as the most widely used browser in the US. Internet Explorer has taken a rapid dive in the last several years, while other browsers like Google Chrome and Safari have increased their users. This is highly attributed to the increased use of smartphones and the default browsers on mobile devices.

Internet Explorer seemed to have the market entirely in their control in the early to mid-2000s. It easily overtook Netscape to become everyone’s favorite browser. However, Internet Explorer did not impress the general public with many of its ongoing updates, leaving users confused with too many options, slow speed, and a lack of security. Although the latest version of IE seemed to be an upgrade, the poor browser was too far gone. Internet Explorer 6 was even mocked in several ads, leading to even more criticism. This steady decline left Microsoft with no other option than to replace IE with something better.

Where will Internet Explorer go from here? IE as we know it will no longer be offered by Microsoft on the new Windows 10 operating system. However, it will live on for those who prefer it on an older Windows OS. Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s marketing chief, said, “We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing.”

In other words, Internet Explorer will still be around on older Windows machines (if that’s your preference), but Microsoft will replace it with a new browser that will be branded under an entirely different name.

So far, all we know is that Microsoft’s new browser is in the works and is currently referred to as ‘Project Spartan’, a name which we find pretty cool. However, it is apparent that Microsoft will include its name in the new title, which sounds similar to what Google has done with its popular Google Chrome.

Another feature that has us drooling is the implementation of Cortana, Microsoft’s new, intelligent personal assistant. Cortana has already made its debut on the Windows Phone (in some regions) but we’re sure to see an update with Microsoft’s future browser.

Project Spartan is being developed to be fully optimized for mobile devices, as well as tablets and personal computers. Before the smartphone boom, Internet Explorer owned 80% of the browser market. It now owns less than 30%. It is no surprise that the new browser will be primarily geared to allow users to browse the web on the go.

As of now, little information has been released about Project Spartan. All we really know is that it will be available for Windows 10, which is rumored to be released this summer. Will Microsoft’s new browser make a comeback and put the tech giant back on top? Or will Chrome, Firefox and Safari continue to dominate the browser market? Until summer, we can only speculate, but it seems the race is on.


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