Internet Explorer, the Microsoft browser that is almost 20 years old, is to be killed off and replaced by a new operating system.
Microsoft has confirmed that its new browser, code-named Project Spartan, that is due to be unveiled later this year, will not use the familiar Internet Explorer name.
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“We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10,” the company’s marketing chief Chris Capossela told a conference.
Internet Explorer once dominated the market and had more than one billion users but it could not compete when Firefox and Google’s Chrome launched with faster technology and slicker design.
Microsoft is thought to be dropping the brand in a bid to shed “negative perceptions” gathered since its 1995 launch.
The software is known to be slow and has had various security problems.
The company has often talked about changing the browsers’ name to rejuvenate itsreputation.
Nearly a decade ago, Dean Hachamovitch, then-head of the Internet Explorer business, is said to have told an industry conference: “We messed up.”
SOURCE: Victoria Ward