You might have seen the headlines: Microsoft is finally killing off Internet Explorer, the 20-year-old browser we all love to hate. The Internet is full of listicles: 10 Reasons Why You’ll Miss It. 10 Reasons You Won’t. And there are sweet, sweet obituaries – all ending with foolish, little RIP.
Here’s the thing: Internet Explorer is not dead. It’s not dying. And it’s not going anywhere!
In Windows 10, the next version of Windows due this summer, Microsoft will ship a brand new browser codenamed Spartan. It will, allegedly, be as fast and good-looking as, er, Google Chrome.
But Windows 10 will also include Internet Explorer, mostly for old websites and businesses that are stuck in a time warp and stubbornly refuse to upgrade.
Once Windows 10 is out, expect Microsoft to market the heck out of whatever it finally decides to call Spartan. But seriously, if you ever yearn for a bit of nostalgia, Internet Explorer will still be there. Don’t worry.
From HT Brunch, March 29
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