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    Microsoft to Terminate Internet Explorer

    Microsoft will put to an end of its default browser Internet Explorer and hence there will not be any internet explorer 12. Microsoft will not retool the browser for its next operating system and calling it Internet Explorer 12. Instead the company will ship a new Web browser with Windows 10, with IE11 riding along as a backwards-compatible alternative.

    Internet explorer has been the default browser for the Microsoft for the last 20 years. It initially dominated the browser market, but competitors like Firefox and Chrome have steadily taken its share. Estimates of its use put it around a quarter and a half of all browsing.

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    Though the new browser will be the default one in future versions of the operating system, Windows 10 will ship with a new and backwards-compatible version of Internet Explorer, IE 12, too.

    The new browser is currently under development at Redmond and has the project codename of "Spartan." A formal brand name for it has yet to be announced.

    According to Foley’s sources, Spartan will use both Microsoft’s Trident page rendering engine and its Chakra Javascript engine. However, the Trident being used by Spartan and the Trident being used by IE11 will almost certainly be different; Foley cites Neowin’s Brad Sams, reporting that Microsoft has forked Trident into two separate branches, likely so that it can maintain a stable legacy version for compatibility while actively developing the engine for the new browser.

    Spartan is expected to be lighter and quicker than Internet Explorer 11; it will include proper extension support as well. It’s also supposed to come in desktop and mobile versions for inclusion with both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10. Foley speculates that Microsoft may give the public a peek at Spartan near the end of January with the next big Windows 10 reveal, but it’s unclear whether or not the browser will make it into the next Windows 10 Technical Preview.

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