Microsoft is giving the boot to Internet Explorer —the name, that is. The software giant said this week that there will be a Web browser baked into Windows 10 but it won't be called IE.
Speaking at the Microsoft Convergence conference in Atlanta on Monday, executive Chris Capossela made it plain that the Internet Explorer brand, while not disappearing entirely, is getting pushed to the side.
As for what will take it's place, Microsoft isn't sure just yet.
"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 called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing," Capossela said, as reported by The Verge.
Since this is Microsoft, the disappearance of Internet Explorer could take quite a while. It'll still be present in some versions of Windows 10 for legacy support, continuing to provide websites with custom ActiveX controls, for example. IE-specific technologies and features could also remain operative but hidden away in the new OS—which is expected to be released later this year—even as Project Spartan takes take over as the primary Windows 10 browser.
"Spartan is the browser we expect people will be using on Windows 10. That said, there are a set of businesses that have built key tools on top of Internet Explorer's legacy extensibility model (e.g. custom ActiveX, toolbars, browser helper objects, etc.). So Internet Explorer will be made available on Windows 10 for some enterprise Web applications that require a higher degree of backward compatibility," said Jacob Rossi, Microsoft senior program manager, in a January interview with Smashing Magazine.
"This version of Internet Explorer will use the same dual-engine approach as Spartan with EdgeHTML the default for the Web, meaning developers won't need to treat Internet Explorer and Spartan differently and our standards roadmap will be the same," Rossi added.
We do wonder if Microsoft is also hinting that its new browser will, like its peers, have the company's name somewhere in the title. At Microsoft Convergence, Capossela also showed off some statistics that indicated U.K. users of Google Chrome found Microsoft's to-be-named browser far more appealing when the Microsoft name was in front of it, versus the more nebulous "Internet Explorer" branding.