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Microsoft’s New Browser: What About IE Users?

Saturday, March 28th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Our story about Microsoft shifting from the Internet Explorer name to the new “Spartan” browser in Windows 10 has some people concerned.  Dave, wrote: ” My concern is the many companies I do business with that involve filling in reports and so forth in IE. I use Firefox for everything else, but it doesn’t work on sites built for IE. What are your thoughts?”


Don’t worry about Internet Explorer just yet, Dave.  Microsoft is keeping Internet Explorer 11 around in Windows 10 specifically for those businesses that use it for certain programs. Think of the Spartan browser as an evolution of Internet Explorer. Microsoft wants a browser that works for both companies and individuals.

So, why not call it Internet Explorer 12? Internet Explorer 11 is very different from IE 8 and both programs have the same name.  It’s all about reputation. Despite being the most popular browser, Internet Explorer has often had a reputation for being sluggish and insecure compared to other browsers. The bad security reputation was largely the result of Internet Explorer 8 running in XP. With XP and IE 8 out of the picture, Internet Explorer is as secure as other major browsers. But the reputation of Internet Explorer as your grandma’s browser has stuck around. Also, Microsoft wants a common browser experience across PCs and mobile devices. They’ll need something both touch and mouse friendly to accomplish that goal. Windows 8 and 8.1 users have both a desktop and an touch-friendly app version of Internet Explorer on their devices, but that’s led to more confusion than cohesion.


Business customers are extremely important to Microsoft, especially since they’re giving the update to Windows 10 and services like Office online away free to consumers for personal use. I’m sure they’ll work to make sure that this new browser functions

Renaming the browser might be easier for Microsoft than saying, “Check out Internet Explorer 12 with all these amazing new features.”  Now I’m not sure exactly what the Spartan Browser can do other than what I’ve heard in press releases and presentations from Microsoft. It has not arrived to my Windows 10 Technical Preview yet. When it does, I’ll make sure to share what I find out with you.

~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “Microsoft’s New Browser: What About IE Users?”

  1. Allan Poe says:

    RE: IE Spartan. Remember the last time MS used a name for the next generation of an OS, i.e., Vista–disaster reigned!!!

  2. L. Pittman says:

    The number one thing I would like to see in a browser is the absence of Microsoft. Since Bill Gates is gone another poor decision at Microsoft has followed it’s predecessor. It should just self-destruct and be over with it.

  3. Terry Nichols says:

    The best thing for any browser (especially IE) is that it worked all the time and stop quitting. Always getting a notice that IE has stopped working. I finally changed to firefox to stop the problem. Maybe the new Spartan will actually work. There’s always hope.

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