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Microsoft confirms Internet Explorer 11 development comes to an end

Posted on Wednesday, March 25 2015 @ 12:20:34 CET by


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Microsoft confirms on its IE Blog that Project Spartan will host the firm's new browsing engine exclusively, confirming rumors that IE11 will be the end of the line for Internet Explorer. Windows 10 will still include IE11 but its functionality will remain fundamentally unchanged from Windows 8.1, it's intended to provide legacy support.
We’re making this change for a number of reasons:

  • Project Spartan was built for the next generation of the Web, taking the unique opportunity provided by Windows 10 to build a browser with a modern architecture and service model for Windows as a Service. This clean separation of legacy and new will enable us to deliver on that promise. Our testing with Project Spartan has shown that it is on track to be highly compatible with the modern Web, which means the legacy engine isn’t needed for compatibility.

  • For Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 to be an effective solution for legacy scenarios and enterprise customers, it needs to behave consistently with Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Hosting our new engine in Internet Explorer 11 has compatibility implications that impact this promise and would have made the browser behave differently on Windows 10.

  • Feedback from Insiders and developers indicated that it wasn’t clear what the difference was between Project Spartan and Internet Explorer 11 from a web capabilities perspective, or what a developer would need to do to deliver web sites for one versus the other.
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