The Internet Explorer has long been a leader in the web browser market. Once, it was the only popular web browser that people use, thanks to the browser becoming bundled with the Microsoft Windows OS package. But its time in the limelight and its popularity have since been going downhill, falling back to the likes of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Internet Explorer has developed a negative image over the years and a declining number of active users as well. While Microsoft has been doing some damage control to “lessen the bleeding”, it has not been quite successful. It may be for this reason that Microsoft is saying goodbye to the Internet Explorer.
But before you react to the news, make sure you understand that Microsoft is not saying goodbye to the web browser itself, but to the brand name. Microsoft is developing a new web browser that will not be taking the name of Internet Explorer. Codenamed Project Spartan, the new web browser is expected to ship with the upcoming Windows 10 operating system. The new browser is currently under development and undergoing public testing.
Acting on a bit of nostalgia, the people at Microsoft also hinted that Internet Explorer be available on the next Windows 10 package although it may not be the primary web browser. It will be using the same rendering engine and the new Spartan browser to enable people to view websites designed only for Internet Explorer.
So in a way, we may be saying goodbye to an old friend or enemy, depending on how you see Internet Explorer during its heyday. The erstwhile popular web browser will still exist, although it may be doing so in the background. But hey, that is just how technology moves- some endure, others die and fade away, while others are still there, but are forgotten. It is just a lot like life, don’t you think?