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Internet Explorer Lives On In Windows 10, Microsoft Shopping Brand Names For 'Project Spartan'

News of Microsoft's new Spartan browser has been circulating for some time now, and many believe it to be a new browser running side by side with Internet Explorer. Some have also speculated that the new browser may replace Internet Explorer as the Windows 10 default web browser, but according to Christopher Capossela, Microsoft's CFO, Internet Explorer will continue to be used in Windows 10.

At Microsoft Convergence yesterday, Capossela said "We are right now researching what the new brand, or the new name for our browser, should be in Windows 10. We will continue to have Internet Explorer, but we also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed 'Project Spartan,' and we have to name the thing."

Some users of Microsoft Windows may be disappointed to hear that Internet Explorer will continue in Windows 10. Internet Explorer is one of the oldest web browsers that has been continuously updated, and over the years it has been the target for numerous viruses and hackers.

In addition, some users have complained over performance issues and stability with the browser. As a result, Internet Explorer has faced tough competition over the years from other web browsers such as Chrome and Firefox.

According to W3 Schools, an educational website for web development, as of February 2015, Internet Explorer ranks third with 8 percent global market share. By comparison, Chrome ranks first with 62.5 percent market share, and Firefox has 22.9 percent market share.

In an attempt to regain market share, Microsoft has been developing Project Spartan with plans to launch in Windows 10 alongside Internet Explorer. Capossela said that in the United Kingdom, users were being surveyed about potential names for the new browser.

The survey showed that users responded more favorably to product names starting with "Microsoft" instead of "Internet Explorer." While the exact tested names were not given, it is certain the name will be "Microsoft (Blank)" because of the positive reaction to the Microsoft brand name.

For now, Microsoft is saying that Internet Explorer will continue to be used along with the Project Spartan browser for Windows 10, but that could change in future versions of Microsoft Windows. It seems a curious idea to have two browsers, so we'll just have to wait and see what Microsoft decides to do. But for now, at least, the plan is for the two browsers to coexist.

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  • hrudy
    I would name the new browser the Ballmer
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  • Knicks2012
    Browser Downloader 2015
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  • dstarr3
    Y'know, all their problems would be solved if they'd just build a damn decent browser for once.
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  • FloKid
    Microsoft Discover? Anyone anyone? Yeay one!!!
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  • canadianvice
    Eh, honestly, I think Spartan is a pretty fair name already.
    It's just like Metro was a pretty legit interface name.

    Of course, when you get the good names, don't ruin the branding with impressions, eh?
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  • alextheblue
    Y'know, all their problems would be solved if they'd just build a damn decent browser for once.
    IE11 actually works quite well. It also has compatibility modes with older IE rendering engines which is handy for old businessware that costs too much to update.

    Eh, honestly, I think Spartan is a pretty fair name already.
    It's just like Metro was a pretty legit interface name.
    They were sued and basically forced to change the name Metro. Otherwise I agree, Spartan is great. But I play games so I may be biased.
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  • SteelCity1981
    whats up with all of these halo references for windows lately.
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  • canadianvice
    15503401 said:
    whats up with all of these halo references for windows lately.

    Well known franchise, and frankly, the unique Microsoft pedigree makes perfect sense.
    If I were marketing, I wouldn't have picked anything BUT Cortona. As for Spartan, a good catch-all - non-gamers will think it's based off 300, which is pretty badass, and gamers will know it for the saviour of humanity.
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  • chicofehr
    Internet Express?
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  • Mac266
    "The Google"...

    Lawsuits not included
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