It could be the end of the line for Internet Explorer. Microsoft’s head of marketing said the company is developing a new name to brand the new browser for Windows 10. Right now it’s called Spartan (a reference to the popular Halo video game and also to the fact that it is spartan (in the sense that is simple and clean, without frills) compared to Internet explorer.
Internet Explorer will still be available, but it seems clear that the company sees their new browser as the future. Despite being the most popular browser (used by 57% of those going online with its closest competitor Google Chrome coming in around 25%), Internet Explorer tends to catch a lot of grief. It was once regarded as the least secure browser, but the end of XP and Internet Explorer 8 changed that. IE does still have a reputation for being sluggish.
Microsoft promises that Spartan will be a “more interoperable, reliable, and discoverable experience with advanced features including the ability to annotate on web pages, a distraction-free reading experience, and integration of Cortana for finding and doing things online faster.”