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If you use Internet Explorer, you rarely admit it to anyone, lest they laugh at your and call you a tech-loon. Internet Explorer, over the last decade, often comes in dead last when comparing browsers head-to-head. It’s lack of security, functionality and overall clumsy feel make it hard to justify using it when alternatives like Chrome, Firefox and Safari are available.

Microsoft has announced via Twitter that Internet Explorer may be finally shelved. Thomas Nigro, one of Microsoft’s Student Partner Leads, alluded that Microsoft is building a brand new browser codenamed “Spartan.” Let’s look at what this means for Windows 10 and what it means for the future of browsing with Microsoft at the helm.

Goodbye Internet Explorer, Hello Spartan

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We previewed what might be in store for Internet Explorer in Windows 10, and it looks like that’s changed quite a bit with the announcement of Spartan. While Microsoft has yet to make a real announcement of its new browser, chances are the rumors are true. Microsoft has been trying to find a way to get rid of the stigma associated with IE over the years and what better way than jumping ahead to Windows 10, getting rid of the stigma associated with Windows 8, too.

Microsoft has no issues ditching the old and ushering in the new, just look at what they did with SkyDrive. Oops, I mean the OneDrive.

According to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley and her sources, Spartan will continue to use the Chakra JavaScript engine, along with Microsoft’s Trident rendering engine. It will avoid using WebKit, if possible, and will potentially look, feel and work more like Chrome and Firefox. Spartan will also allegedly support extensions and possibly themes, according to Neowin’s Brad Sams.

Foley also cited sources saying that Windows 10 will come with IE 11 and Spartan, giving users a choice of what browser they want to get started with. If Spartan finally offers Windows users a more versatile and lightweight browser, perhaps consumers would actually use a browser created by Microsoft, without the irritation they feel every time they accidentally open it or are forced to use it for something or other.

Could Microsoft preview Spartan at its consumer event in January? We’ll know soon enough but for now this should be an exciting improvement to the Windows OS and the nail in the coffin for Internet Explorer.

Conclusion

Microsoft is taking a step in the right direction by finally trying to develop a browser that can compete with the likes of Chrome and Firefox. If Spartan is finally that browser, Microsoft will have a leg up on third-party browsers when a new PC user boots up a Windows computer for the first time.