New Windows browser

Well this may me big news. Microsoft is rumored to be introducing a new internet browser that’s not Internet Explorer

Seems finally Microsoft is preparing to dispense with Internet explorer. I’ve always viewed Internet explorers as old school with the lack of extensions it’s been left behind by the likes of chrome, safari and firefox. Whenever I see the internet explorer logo I think of ie6. Although there have been many updates and improvements (10, 11) ie suffers from an image problem.

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. – Lao Tzu

Read More from Mashable –

Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s venerable but often despised web browser, may be on its way out.

That’s according to Microsoft Student Partner lead Thomas Nigro, who mentioned on Twitter that Windows 10 would feature a new browser that would not carry the Internet Explorer name.

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Importantly, Nigro notes that the new browser would be the default. Longtime Microsoft observer Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet expanded on the tweet, citing unnamed sources who said Internet Explorer 11, the default browser in Windows 8.1, would still be present for backward compatibility.

The new browser is codenamed “Spartan,” according to Foley.

The switch from IE to Spartan appears to be more an exercise in rebranding rather than a big technical change. The switch from IE to Spartan appears to be more an exercise in rebranding rather than a big technical change. The new browser will still use Microsoft’s Chakra JavaScript engine as well as its Trident rendering engine, Foley says, rather than a nonproprietary engine such as WebKit. (Apple’s Safari uses WebKit and Google Chrome is based on a “fork” of the open-source software called Blink.)

Spartan will look and feel more like Chrome and Firefox, however, and it will support extensions, according to Foley’s report. The “lightweight” browser will be available on both desktop and mobile devices in Windows 10.

Microsoft is due to reveal many of the new features in Windows 10 at a Jan. 21 event in the company’s hometown of Redmond, Washington. Spartan may make its formal debut there, but the general release of Windows 10 isn’t expected until the fall, so it may come at a later date.

Rebranding the official Windows browser makes a great deal of sense. Internet Explorer has a poor reputation among developers and users, much of it rooted in Microsoft’s traditional preference for proprietary tools over open standards. Although that stance has changed considerably since the early days of IE, the stigma is so great that Microsoft recently made an ad explaining that the browser’s poor reputation isn’t deserved.

Still, IE took some time to adopt certain standards (such as WebGL) and it suffers from a non-intuitive split experience in Windows 8 and 8.1, with one browser for the desktop and another for the “Modern” UI. In addition, the longtime head of IE, Dean Hachamovitch, left Microsoft earlier in December.

A Microsoft spokesperson told Mashable that the company had “nothing to share” about the report.