Despite reports that suggest the contrary (The Irish Times knows what’s up), Internet Explorer isn’t getting the axe in Windows 10. That said, from the looks of things, it won’t be too long until the boatman comes to collect his due and take the beleaguered browser downriver.
When Microsoft first showed off Windows 10, they talked about the new Spartan Browser, making it clear that the code-named browser was based on brand new code rather than being an update to Internet Explorer. However, Microsoft stopped short of saying that Spartan was meant to replace Internet Explorer, suggesting that the old and much-maligned browser could remain in Windows 10. Turns out, that’s true somewhat.
According to a report from The Verge, Microsoft has confirmed that the Spartan Browser, which is still to receive its final name, will be the default browser in Windows 10 instead of Internet Explorer. However, Internet Explorer will remain in Windows 10, but for a very specific reason—legacy support for business users that can’t leave the old browser behind due to compatibility issues.
The writing on the wall is that Internet Explorer is indeed on its way out. Non-enterprise users will have no reason to give Internet Explorer another look, and it’s unlikely that Microsoft will devote much in the way of resources to updating and improving the old browser. Internet Explorer will stick around while Microsoft undoubtedly does its best to get businesses to update websites to work with Spartan’s code, and once that happens, Internet Explorer will finally pass from this world and join Netscape Navigator in browser Valhalla. Well, maybe. I’m not sure that Internet Explorer qualifies for Valhalla in any form, given its less-than-illustrious history.