Is this madness? No, this is Project Spartan!
After failed attempts to revamp Internet Explorer’s image and reputation, Microsoft has decided to create a brand new web browser from scratch instead. When Windows 10 launches later this year, Internet Explorer will no longer be the default web browser and will instead be replaced by Microsoft’s brand new web browser code named Project Spartan.
What does this mean for you, the user?
When you launch Windows 10 instead of seeing that familiar e icon to connect to the internet, you will now see and use the new Spartan web browser. In fact, you will most likely not even notice that Internet Explorer is installed on your version of Windows 10 since Microsoft is only including it for enterprise compatibility.
Internet Explorer will be included for enterprise compatibility? What does that mean for me?
Some older websites utilize apps that were designed to work specifically in Internet Explorer and unfortunately, these apps will not be compatible with the new web browser. If your website currently uses such an app then you should consider updating your app to move away from this type of programming to maintain your website functionality since Internet Explorer will only become scarcer in the future.
You mentioned that Internet Explorer will become scarcer in the future? Will this have an effect on me?
Starting January 2016, Microsoft operating systems will only be able to use the most recent version of Internet Explorer associated with it. For some users with the most recent operating system, Windows 8.1, this means you will only be able to use Internet Explorer 11 while users with older operating systems, Windows Vista, might be able to use Internet Explorer 7 or 9.
Why is Microsoft doing this to me? Don’t they know I hate change!
For many, Internet Explorer has become synonymous with the Internet. At its height of dominance, 95% of people accessing the internet where using the Internet Explorer web browser to do so. Unfortunately, similar to Blockbuster, Internet Explorer failed to keep up with technological changes, such as mobile compatibility, and this allowed web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Mac’s Safari to gain in popularity.
Over the past several years, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has struggled to shake negative assumptions that people came to associate with Internet Explorer; slow adaption of new technology, security concerns, crashing, etc. For most users this change really just means they’ll have a new way to access the internet; however, for people whose websites use Internet Explorer specific applications then they could soon start facing functionality issues.
While this may feel like madness on Microsoft’s part to end Internet Explorer after 20 years, it’s actually a chance for Microsoft to rebrand their image while hopefully providing a better user experience to customers. Some of the new web browser features include a built-in personal assistant, Cortana, updated web compatibility, the ability to write directly on a webpage while using touch screen devices, and much more!