Microsoft Moving Away from Internet Explorer

Microsoft has announced it is officially moving away from Internet Explorer, hoping that fresh code and a new name can help it gain back users lost to Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox.

Microsoft's chief marketing officer Chris Capossela said the company is trying to figure out what to call the new browser, which has been code-named Project Spartan and will be included in Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 operating system.

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

The new browser is said to be more modern and interoperable than the technology underpinning Internet Explorer and will let users annotate web pages and use Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant to quickly find things online by speaking queries aloud.

Microsoft explained the change in a blog back in January, following the announcement of Project Spartan's inclusion in Windows 10. Group program manager for Internet Explorer Jason Weber, said Internet Explorer would still be available on Windows 10 because "some enterprises have legacy web sites that use older technologies designed only for Internet Explorer".

Internet Explorer was first released in the mid-1990s and dominated the browser market at its peak in the early 2000s. It soon came to be associated with poor security and compatibility with other browsers.

Spartan's success is critical if Microsoft wants to remain relevant in the web browser business - a market which it used to dominate.

According to data from StatCounter, Chrome had 43.2% of the global browser market, including desktop, mobile and other platforms; Internet Explorer captured 13.1% and Firefox had 11.6%.

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