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Microsoft retires Internet Explorer

Post  Admin on Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:30 am

The Seattle-based company announced that it would be bringing in the revamped web browser to be launched alongside its new operating system.

The new software, codenamed Project Spartan, will be a departure from the classic browser that became a symbol of Microsoft's tech world dominance in the 1990s.

Microsoft's marketing chief Chris Capossela said: "We're now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10.

"We'll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we'll also have a new browser which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing."

Despite numerous reports suggesting that Internet Explorer would be retired there had as yet been no official word from Microsoft.

Tom Bedecarre, chairman of digital advertising agency Akqa, said that killing off the 20-year-old brand was long overdue.

He added: "In the war of the future, which is mobile, they're losing.

"Nobody's going to download Internet Explorer as their mobile browser."

Microsoft is also making Windows 10 available as a free upgrade for existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 users for a year.

Although an exact launch date hasn't been confirmed, Microsoft have said that the updates will be ready in the summer.

Windows chief Terry Myerson said: "We continue to make great development progress and shared today that Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages."

Internet Explorer was first launched in 1995 to challenge the pioneer browser Netscape during what was the dawn of the internet.

It overtook Netscape within three years and by the turn of the millennium accounted for 95 percent of browser usage.

But it was eventually overtaken by the open-source Firefox browser, followed by Google Chrome – which is now the preferred browser of 50 percent of internet users.


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