Microsoft to axe Internet Explorer

“We’ve known for months now that Microsoft was working on a new browser currently named Project Spartan for Windows 10, but it always appeared as though the company planned to keep Internet Explorer front and center,” Kristofer Wouk reports for Fox News. “But the negative connotations with the name were just too much — Microsoft is finally giving up on IE.”

“The most recent iterations of the browser have worked well enough, yet the legacy of the monstrosity that was Internet Explorer 6 loomed large over them,” Wouk reports. “While we knew that Spartan would be included in Windows 10, it wasn’t clear if it would be the operating system’s default browser, and if it was, whether it would eventually carry the Internet Explorer name.”

Wouk reports, “It’s not quite the end of the line for IE, however. The to-be-renamed Project Spartan will be the default Windows 10 browsing experience, but Internet Explorer will be included in some versions of the OS for comparability purposes relating to enterprise software.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Ah, Internet Exploder is no more (mostly; MS carries their legacy baggage like an anchor around their collective neck).

So, what will they name their next POS?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

55 Comments

    1. Microsoft has rebranded initiatives many times in the past, especially all their mobile hardware.

      – Windows CE in 1996
      – PocketPC
      – Project Origami
      – Ultra-mobile PC
      – Windows Mobile
      – Windows Phone

      Pretty crazy that they had to rebrand their Internet browser!

      A multi-rebranding from Apple has been its mobile (i.e. cloud) services over the years.

      – eWorld
      – iTools
      – dot Mac
      – MobileMe
      – iCloud

      Maybe iCloud is here to stay?

      1. I always thought there was a lot of truth in the WinCE product name.

        Also eWorld, if you took the e to stand for empty. Boy, that was miles ago. The world has come so far.

  1. > But the negative connotations with the name were just too much…

    Negative connotation? “Windows” has FAR greater negative connotation. THAT is the name Microsoft needs to axe.

          1. You give Microsoft too much creative credit, I can not believe they would have even dreamt this up. – brilliant yes as was trojan for the safe browsing feature.

            Roman was not built in a day – but Macrosloth, moves slow and is behind now. Who really cares.

  2. Following Microsoft’s software design philosophy, here is what we can expect from Spartan, or whatever it will be called:

    1. It will do the same things as IE, but every command will be moved to a new location that is impossible to find.
    2. A big-ass ribbon will be introduced at the top that will take up 25% of the browser window.
    3. It will kinda look similar to Outlook and Office, but not quite, which will make it even more difficult to use.
    4. Rather than using web standards like Safari and Firefox do, it will have a number of propriety features that will make it incompatible with many websites.
    5 It will not work on MS’s own mobile devices.

    Other than those factors, it will surely be just another POS from the boys in Redmond.

    1. Mozilla, Inc. derives most of their income from Google Google is FF’s default browser, because Google pays for the privilege. M$ has nothing to do with it, I’m afraid.

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