Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s venerable but often despised web browser, may be on its way out. Importantly, Nigro notes that the new browser would be the default. 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.
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.
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. Read more…