Microsoft has announced that it is finally killing-off Internet Explorer.
That's right, the once-beloved (we assume?) browser will be shuffled off its digital coil upon the release of Windows 10, with a new browser (codenamed Project Spartan) and brand replacing it in all subsequent versions of the OS.
Not even a recent rebranding and advertising effort could save it -- though it remains a pretty neat advert (see above).
"We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10," said the company’s marketing head at the Microsoft Convergence conference. “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."
The Verge reports that the company is testing names, but is not ready to make an announcement. Either way, you’ll almost certainly say goodbye to IE for the final time very soon — even if the only reason you’ve used it in the last few years is to download Chrome.