Microsoft is finally retiring Internet Explorer: after being the butt of oh-so-many great jokes and internet memes, it seems like Microsoft has finally gotten the hint. Internet Explorer used to dominate the web, owning 80% of internet share in 2007, and has been the standard browser included with Windows for 20 years. Due to it’s constant laginess, inability to display many websites properly and the failure of Microsoft to adress any of these issues consistenly, the browser throne is now shared by Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Safari and Opera are close behind, and there’s an interesting new kid on the block in the form of Vivaldi (created by the originators of Opera). Microsoft’s anwser? A new broswer under the name of Spartan. It seems like Microsoft really digs borrowing names from its video game series Halo – the Windows Phone equivalent of Siri is named and fashioned after Cortana, a major character in the world of Halo.
According to sources, Spartan is being designed to directly compete with Chrome and Firefox. Unlike in IE, there will be support for extensions, and the browser itself is to be compatible and integrated with Cortana. This is, of course, a logical step and will at least put Spartan a notch ahead of Firefox, which is developed by a third-party non-profit organization. Spartan will also have modern browser features such as the ability to open groups of bookmarked sites through tabs. Spartan will be compatible with Windows phones and tablets as well.
The current state of web browsing, and one of the nicer jokes about IE’s capabilities.
It’s good to see Microsoft finally taking the web browser game seriously, and we are indeed interested to see how Spartan will perform in the web browser ‘arena’. If it lives up to its name, you may see a new icon popping up on your taskbars!
An early mock-up of Spartan’s UI.
(IT Consulting Denver)