If you think Microsoft should just kill off Internet Explorer already, you might just get your wish.
The browser has become synonymous with bugs, security problems and outdated technology. Even as Internet Explorer has improved dramatically in recent years, it continues to lose serious ground to rival browsers.
Once the most-used Web browser, Internet Explorer had been on a steady downward trajectory for years. Its share of the browser market fell below the 50% threshold in 2010 and sank below 20% in October, according to browser usage tracker StatCounter. Google’s (GOOGL, Tech30) Chrome is currently the browser leader, commanding a 48% share of the market.
This summer, Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) promised big, upcoming changes for Internet Explorer. Now, it appears those changes could include the once-unthinkable: Replacing IE with a new browser.
ZDNet reported this week that Microsoft would introduce a new, stripped down browser that has been codenamed “Spartan.” It would debut with Windows 10 next year, and it would function similarly to Chrome and Firefox.