It is now official; Microsoft has finally scrapped the infamous Internet Explorer.A few months ago, there was an announcement made by Microsoft that they are working on a new
name for its new browser. “We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10,” said Microsoft’s head of marketing Chris Capossela speaking at the Microsoft Convergence event. “We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser, which is code-named Project Spartan. We have to name the thing.”
To name Microsoft’s new flagship browser – Microsoft Edge. Formally known as Project Spartan, named after the protagonist of Microsoft’s successful Halo game series and it will bring a completely new design according to the software giant. Edge is meaning to give Microsoft a clean break and a complete revamp of the browser. A break from the often-ridiculed public stigma attached to the Internet Explorer brand by millions of users who are forced to use old and weathered versions of the browsers on their Windows PC.
For some business users, the once almighty Internet Explorer is not completely out of the picture. “We will continue to make Internet Explorer available with Windows 10 for enterprises and other customers who require legacy browser support,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.
For the regular users, however, Microsoft is aggressively re-branding its browser around a faster, leaner and more advanced browser capability. It was the inevitable as the software magnate has a vested interest in keeping up with the other browser platforms such as Google’s highly successful Chrome browser. Microsoft Edge will be the default browser on all Windows 10 devices. To include; computers,tablets and smartphones and will also feature a seamless integration with Cortana , Microsoft’s digital assistant tat is similar to Apple’ Siri and Now by Google.
Microsoft’s new browser shows promise, and it looks like to be moving in all the proper directions –faster speed, more standard support, extensions, Cortana and a couple of unique features like page markup. The browser also would bring to deliver the same experience on every device size from Raspberry Pi (a credit-card sized computer) to their Xbox One console, the Hololens. This will bring a big advantage in being a cross-platform browser.
In a blog post last March, Microsoft said it would be using resources and placing focus on the browser, a program manager wrote: “Project Spartan (now Edge) is our future: it is the default browser for all Windows 10 customers and will provide unique user experiences including the ability to annotate on web pages, a distraction-free reading experience, and integration of Cortana for finding and doing things online faster. Web developers can expect Project Spartan’s new engine to be interoperable with the modern Web and remain “evergreen” with no document modes or compatibility views introduced going forward.”