Farewell Internet Explorer: Microsoft to introduce new web browser codenamed Project Spartan
After almost two decades of less-than-sterling performances, Microsoft has announced its intention to phase out venerable web browser Internet Explorer (IE).
A browser, which has been codenamed Project Spartan, will take its place when the software giant releases Windows 10 later this year.
IE, which has often been derided and mocked by users for being slow, error-prone and vulnerable to computer viruses, has struggled to cast off its negative image in recent years.
The last decade has seen browsers such as Apple's Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firebox overtake it in the popularity stakes.
Microsoft's marketing chief Chris Capossela told The Verge: "We're now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10."
He said that IE would still exist in some versions of Windows 10, mainly for "enterprise compatability".
Netizens, meanwhile, could not resist biding a not-so-fond farewell to IE with the hashtag #RIPInternetExplorer.
— Jack Foster (@JackkFosterr) March 18, 2015
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— Heather McBride (@Mizuartsee) March 18, 2015
Is it a murder? Or is this just a mercy-killing? #RIPInternetExplorer
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