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Microsoft Retiring Internet Explorer

With the news that Microsoft are retiring their long suffering and much maligned browser Internet Explorer, numbers across the globe are no doubt celebrating this end-of-life. The notoriously buggy browser is being laid to rest with a new ‘Spartan’ version coming with the release of Windows 10. 

The official line:

"We will continue to make Internet Explorer available with Windows 10 for enterprises and other customers who require legacy browser support.” 

While details of the new browser are limited it is slated as a fork in the code from IE and is set to be billed as a genuine contender to Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome. The name Spartan already conjures up jokes of Greek Mythology and Trojan horses but for now let’s wait. 

Instead, let’s take this time to collectively sigh in relief that the decline of IE has been recognized and the subject of collective internet jokes and memes for numerous years can sail off into the sunset. 

SysAdmins and web developers will be more than relieved at the prospect of avoiding additional extensive code and fixes to support IE in the future. However the legacy is going to remain, as of February 2015 IEs market share of browsers is still around 13.09% according to StatCounter. With many legacy systems in-place utilising IE and many workplace user PCs locked with IE it may take a while yet for the life of the SysAdmin to get that much easier. 

How will the new browser work? Will IE truly ever die in spite of itself? Whatever the outcome this should definitely be a step in the right direction.  

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