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Microsoft is officially putting Internet Explorer out to pasture

Microsoft has officially confirmed the impending retirement of its Internet Explorer web browser software.

The death knell for Internet Explorer has been ringing for a while now, with the Project Spartan successor browser waiting in the wings to supplant the classic software.

Criss Capossela, Microsoft’s marketing chief, said: “We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10,” as reported by The Verge.

“We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing.”

It seems Microsoft plans to keep Internet Explorer on for future iterations of Windows 10, however that’s mainly for compatibility purposes.

Project Spartan will take up the reins as Windows 10’s default browser come launch day, with Internet Explorer taking a back seat.

Related: Internet Explorer for Windows 10: 5 Things Microsoft needs to get right

Internet Explorer historically had a bad reputation amongst internet users, with Microsoft having struggled to dispel the negative image of the software.

It seems Microsoft still hasn’t nailed down a moniker for its new browser however, especially since we now know that the Spartan codename isn’t final.

Windows 10 is due to launch later this year, and will see a complete overhaul of the Windows ecosystem.

The most notable change will be the unification of Microsoft’s separate platforms under one Windows banner, including Windows Phone, Windows for desktop, and Xbox.

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