Microsoft Laying Internet Explorer To Rest for Good

Redmond is finally putting the kibosh on Internet Explorer. Technology industry watchers have long known that Microsoft was working on a new browser called Project Spartan set to debut with Windows 10, but it seemed that IE would still take center stage. However, with so many bugs and a bad user experience the company appears ready to move on from IE.

At the Microsoft Convergence 2015 event in Atlanta on Monday, chief marketing officer Chris Capossela made the companyEUs intentions clear: Microsoft will focus its efforts tightly on Spartan.

Designed for Windows 10, Microsoft said Spartan offers a more interoperable, reliable, and discoverable experience with features such as the ability to annotate on Web pages and the integration of the Cortana personal assistant.

Best of Both Worlds

Spartan promises to work across the entire Windows 10 device family. That means keyboards and mice on the Windows 10 desktop to touch, gestures, voice, controllers and sensors on other devices.

SpartanEUs secret sauce is a new rendering engine that is designed for interoperability with the modern Web. With Spartan, Microsoft purposely shifted from the versioned document models IE historically used in favor of the same markup other modern browsers leverage.

According to Microsoft, Spartan provides compatibility with the millions of existing enterprise Web sites designed for IE. To achieve this, Spartan loads the IE11 engine for legacy enterprise Web sites when needed and uses the new rendering engine for modern Web sites, the company said.

EUWe recognize some enterprises have legacy Web sites that use older technologies designed only for Internet Explorer, such as custom ActiveX controls and browser helper objects,EU Microsoft said in a blog post. EUFor these users, Internet Explorer will also be available on Windows 10. Internet Explorer will use the same dual rendering engines as Spartan, ensuring Web developers can consistently target...

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