After 20 years running in our MS Windows machines (Since Win95 until Windows 8.1), it seems that the real end has arrived to Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser as such.
In fact, if was an already softly end announcement when last year Microsoft said that their next Windows 10 would come with a new and fully revamped browser codenamed “Project Spartan“; but its official confirmation also arrived from Microsoft IEBlog.
The battle to conquer our desktops has been so long (and painful for all parties involved); I still remember its first release “Internet Explorer v1.0” on my old Windows’95 OS machine:
At that time I was mostly surfing with Netscape Navigator browser; also already an oldie browser who also didn’t resist the onslaughts and tough web market competition and just disappear without pain nor glory in 2007. Although its core technology was the basement for SeaMonkey and Mozilla Firefox successor; who today still survives and remains in great shape between the bid against Google Chrome.
Since 1995, Microsoft was always trying to push its customers to use it, embedding it inside Windows OS releases and making pretty difficult (if not near impossible sometimes) to decouple it.
This was not an easy ride and costed Microsoft lot of effort and money on lawsuits and demands.
As a user perspective, I must admit that IE was never my favorite web browser, not by any special disgust to it or Microsoft company, but because the options available at same time were always pretty much better in performance, security, features or friendly User Interface, which at the end is the most important for most of us.
Honestly, I was only using the IE embedded in my Windows machine for some special webpages which really required IE exclusive compatibility. But when I began to see few years ago some webs requiring Firefox or Chrome exclusive only compatibility (and not IE at all), I realized that it was the real end for MSIE.
This business direction change from Microsoft is something that many Windows users were waiting from long time ago. It is true that IE11 was a big step forward, but the IE brand was already deeply damaged and MS realized that they needed also to begin from scratch to recover web market share already lost years ago and difficult to recover with most of the people using Firefox or Chrome as primary browsers.
Now Microsoft takes it very seriously, and even the new name is being consulted between selected Chrome users via polling:
From it, we can mostly assure that the new MS browser name will start with “Microsoft” word. But on top of new branding, I really hope that this new re-born of Microsoft own web browser can compete with current Firefox and Chrome so feature advanced, good performance and well rooted in millions of Windows computers.
Moreover, Microsoft will have to keep the fast updating pace of their competitors if they don’t want lose another war.