Is Internet Explorer finally dead?

Could it be, the world’s worst internet browser software, Internet Explorer, is about to be killed off by Microsoft?

Microsoft is secretly developing a new web browser to replace Internet Explorer, it has been claimed.

Experts say the new browser, codenamed Spartan, will be unveiled on January 21st when Microsoft shows off Windows 10 for the first time.

It is believed the new browser will look more like Google’s Chrome browser, and be faster than IE.

Faster than IE? ..that won’t be hard….dead squirrels are faster than IE.

‘Microsoft is building a new browser, codenamed Spartan, which is not IE 12 — at least according to a couple of sources of mine,’ said Mary Jo Foley of ZDNET.

Thomas Nigro, a Microsoft Student Partner lead and developer of the modern version of VLC a media playing app, claimed on Twitter earlier this month that he heard Microsoft was building a brand-new browser.    
‘However, if my sources are right, Spartan is not IE 12.

‘Instead, Spartan is a new, light-weight browser Microsoft is building.’

It is believed Windows 10 will ship with both Spartan and IE 11 to ensure compatibility with all web sites.

Microsoft is set to show off the next major version of its Windows software at a January event at its Redmond HQ, where Trident could be revealed.

However it has already admitted its release has already been delayed until fall 2015.

Pete will be happy, he can continue his addiction to Microsoft.

But seriously the only places that IE will live on will be in corporate and government offices where they run about 15 years behind the rest of us.


– The Daily Mail


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  • dgrogan

    They should have bought Mozilla and been done with it.

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  • Korau

    I see on my solydk Linux ( the ability to load and run IE6 (in fact all IE from 1 to 8) using a technology called Playonlinux. This is a special programme for masochists.

    Why anyone would want to be fixated on buggy, virus attacked Windows is beyond me.

  • ex-JAFA

    Is there any chance Spartan may follow *any* industry standards? Or will Microsoft continue to sneer at standards and force developers to jury rig their pages to work with the lowest common denominator?

    • Goldfish

      To be fair, MS started complying with the standards circa IE8. Of course there were still bugs in the browser, it can be very costly (and risky) to re-engineer a product.
      What didn’t help is that the original HTML spec was pretty minimal and loose, and all browsers added their own interpretation and extensions to their implementation of the spec.

  • The only times I use IE is when I order Pizza online, because somehow the pizza place I order from doesn’t like Chrome, and when I need to log into anything Google related with an account other than my own*, so I can stay logged in.

    *) appears dodgy, but if it was, I wouldn’t be admitting to it :)

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Somehow Andrew Little comes to my mind……

  • Korau

    I forgot to mention that there is a rumour going round (rumour, hold the front page of the Waikato Times) that windows 10 may be sold as a subscription model.

    This article tries to estimate the cost and comes up with a possible figure of US$49.99 pa.

    If Pete (or any Windows user) needed to pay this for each Windows computer each year, would they be as happy?

    In any event, big changes are probable in Microsofts’ business models.

    • sheppy

      That sounds like the beginning of the end for Microsoft. I can see corporates going for it but not home users.
      I’ve got a few PC’s around the place, most are more than a couple of years old and I can’t see any point in moving beyond Windows 7 which is on all but one of them.

  • Backdoor

    Who needs IE. Give me Firefox any day. It is a fast system and not owned by any big company.

  • Goldfish

    IE11 is a very good browser, and is arguably the fastest rendering and most secure of the current browsers. The problem is with users who persist in using older operating systems (how many people out there are still using XP or Vista?) not keeping up, then blame Microsoft for everything when it turns to custard.

    What has flown under the radar is that there has been a quantum shift at Microsoft starting a few years ago. The product engineering is now centred around excellence and security rather than being driven by the marketing department.

    ‘Spartan’ will be a complete ground up write of the browser. Much work has been done on IE, but you can only do so much with an existing product especially when looking to maintain compatibility.

    • Reid

      The product engineering is now centred around excellence and security rather than being driven by the marketing department.

      I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Reid

    “codenamed Spartan”
    Is it just me or does that codename sound pretty gay?

  • Goldfish

    But seriously the only places that IE will live on will be in corporate and government offices where they run about 15 years behind the rest of us.

    IE is the only browser that properly integrates with Active Directory. IOW it is the only browser that can be controlled fully using group policy by centralised IT admins – this is critical when you have a large network to run or want to maintain security (by locking machines down).

    I have worked in places where Chrome was forbidden due to the security holes in its underlying WebKit engine. IE has had a bad rap for a long time (and it was deserved), but that doesn’t automatically make the other browsers better – they too had their issues.

  • cows4me

    I don’t care what system the silly things run, I’m to thick to know the difference, as long as it works.

  • Tom

    I ditched Windooze and Microsoft years ago. A good quick Linux box will eat Windows and no driver problems.

    • oldmanNZ

      Same here, since XP was dead, i cannot afford to upgrade to windows 8 or 7.

      so use the same machine with Linux and chrome and all its apps. No windows office required either.

  • Abjv

    Reporting services reports render fully only if you are using IE. And for a while, not IE11 which pretended it was Mozilla under the hood and wasn’t recognised as IE by the server. A number of other corporate products will only work with IE. I feel another self-inflicted foot wound coming up from Microsoft.

  • twr

    Chrome is so wasteful with memory that it is literally unusable on any of the PCs I use. IE supports technology like ActiveX that is embedded in many things, and it’s not that cheap or easy to rewrite your whole website when a manufacturer comes out with a new browser that doesn’t work properly with existing material.