Internet Explorer is Dead
Microsoft Edge is the New Microsoft Browser
Microsoft is tinkering away on a new browser called Microsoft Edge. It will ship with Windows 10, the company’s next OS that is under construction and currently undergoing testing. The new browser’s name is based on its graphic rendering engine, which is called EdgeHTML.
Microsoft Edge will be the new default browser for Windows 10 and promises to be faster and leaner than the hated IE.
Edge is supposed to give Microsoft a fresh start from the negative stigma that has plagued the Internet Explorer brand due to the millions of people who are forced to use old, clunky versions on their work computers.
However, for some business customers, Internet Explorer won’t be completely kaput. It will live on for many of Microsoft’s customers due to some legacy software being dependent on it. Starting from January 12, 2016, Microsoft will be dropping support for all versions of Internet Explorer other than the latest version for its still-supported operating systems. So if you’re using one of those operating systems and an older version of Internet Explorer, it won’t be long before it stops receiving security updates and bug fixes from Microsoft.
For the consumer, however, Microsoft has set a goal of rebranding the browser as a faster, leaner and more advanced new browser platform. It will be the default browser for all Windows 10 devices, including computers, tablets and smartphones, and will feature integration with Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant similar to Google’s Now and Apple’s Siri.
At the same time, Microsoft has promised to support the old Internet Explorer in Windows 10. From a January blog post written by the company:
“We 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. For 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 the latest web standards.”
It’s no secret that web developers share a common bond in their utter loathing of this sub-standard browser. Will Edge pave the way for a new respect for Microsoft among the developer community? While we earnestly hope for greatness, we will not hold our breath.