Microsoft acaba de eliminar el nombre provisional, Project Spartan, para bautizar de manera definitiva al sucesor del polémico Internet Explorer.Microsoft Edge es la nueva denominación del navegador, que vendrá instalado por defecto en el sistema operativo Windows 10, tanto para PC como para móviles o tabletas.
La compañia de Redmond (Washington) ha desvelado sus planes durante su conferencia anual de desarrolladores. Entre lo más destacado de Edge se encuentra la inclusión de herramientas para facilitar la lectura o la opción de anotar y subrayar textos de las páginas.
The web browser that will ship with Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system might not be called Internet Explorer, but reports of IE’s demise have been somewhat exaggerated.
Microsoft’s new browser – codenamed “Spartan” after the protagonist in its Halo game series – has been built from the ground up, jettisoning the underlying code from IE.
By doing so, the new browser won’t be compatible with a lot of older web software and services built specifically for IE. This will include the majority of older internal web-based applications used by businesses for admin purposes.
As a consequence IE will live on and be available on Windows 10 as well as Windows 8, 7 and Vista. Businesses that use IE today are unlikely to switch to Microsoft’s new browser any time soon.
“We will continue to make Internet Explorer available with Windows 10 for enterprises and other customers who require legacy browser support,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.
What Microsoft’s new browser, which is due for release with Windows 10 in the summer, will be called is still undecided.
“We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10,” said Microsoft’s head of marketing Chris Capossela speaking at the Microsoft Convergence. “We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing.”
Whatever the browser is called (though let’s not rule out Microsoft picking “Internet Explorer 12” after all), the code change signals a big change. Microsoft’s biggest strength – legacy support for almost any and all Windows software – has also been its biggest weakness, holding it back and limiting innovation.
Ditching Internet Explorer wholesale indicates an end to that approach, which could create many headaches for users and corporate IT managers in the next few years with compatibility issues and upgrade hassles.