By Kelly Gerrish
So the death knell has finally been sounded. Internet Explorer is no more.
Microsoft has unveiled the next-generation browser set to replace the much maligned IE.
Dubbed Microsoft Edge, the faster, more streamlined browser completely scraps some of the long-running features of IE. Upgraded features include the ability to annotate pages and the integration of Microsoft’s voice-controlled Cortana personal assistant.
Edge is meant to give Microsoft a clean break from the negative connotations attached to the Internet Explorer brand, so the decision to reference the old IE logo is a strange one.
A new approach could have worked wonders to mend a damaged public perspective, but instead Microsoft has chosen to stay with the blue ‘e’ to ‘convey the metaphor of a globe and the exploration of that globe.’
Edge will be used as the new default browser for all Windows 10 devices. Microsoft is seriously committed to getting Windows (and Edge) into everyone’s hands by announcing Windows 10 as a free upgrade to anyone using Windows 7 or 8. Its goal is to have 1 billion users by 2018. While IE will phase out slowly for legacy compatibility reasons, the free upgrade should ensure IE will soon be just an unpleasant memory for most of us.