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End of the Road for Internet Explorer

End of the Road for Internet Explorer

Microsoft has announced plans to discontinue the Internet Explorer browser brand. A replacement for the much maligned browser is codenamed Project Spartan and will soon become the default browsing option for Windows 10 customers.

IE will live on, but only as plumbing for Windows

While Microsoft has dropped hints that the Internet Explorer brand is going away, the software maker has now confirmed that it will use a new name for its upcoming browser successor, codenamed Project Spartan. Speaking at Microsoft Convergence yesterday, Microsoft’s marketing chief Chris Capossela revealed that the company is currently working on a new name and brand. “We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10,” said Capossela. “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.”

Internet Explorer will still exist in some versions of Windows 10 mainly for enterprise compatibility, but the new Project Spartan will be named separately and will be the primary way for Windows 10 users to access the web. Microsoft has tried, unsuccessfully, to shake off the negative image of Internet Explorer over the past several years with a series of amusing campaigns mocking Internet Explorer 6. The ads didn’t improve the situation, and Microsoft’s former Internet Explorer chief left the company in December, signalling a new era for the browser.

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10 thoughts on “End of the Road for Internet Explorer

  1. This looks more like a branding exercise than a technology overhaul… a Fiatin a Ferrari guise is still a Fiat. 

  2. Every time I try to use IE-11,it tells me that it is not working.So,I don’t use it. You need somthing that works

  3. Haven’t used IE for many years Went to Firefox as it ran faster and had less problems. Only used IE to check out a website if I couldn’t access the site with Firefox.Had to make sure it was the site and not my browser.

  4. I never used Internet Explorer anyway so it will not be missed by me. I new browser from Microsoft may be refreshing.

  5. Multiple ‘crashes’ using IE11, which I ignorantly had checked to ‘auto update/upgrade’. Is there a reasonably quick and dirty procedure to go ‘back’ to IE 10, if that’s a reasonable, helpful recourse? 🙁

    • @Bill Waites:

      Sure, not a problem. Go to your Control Panel, select Programs and Features, select View Installed Updates, and go down to the Microsoft Windows section and find “Windows Internet Explorer 11”. Click it and uninstall the update.

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