Recently, a marketing manager at Microsoft hinted at the death of the Internet Explorer brand. It is also a way to leave the field open to Project Spartan (a temporary code name) who will start his career as a new Microsoft web browser in Windows 10. Remember that it is a universal application (or Windows App) which will be found on all Windows 10 devices (PC, tablet, smartphone).
However, Internet Explorer 11 will not completely disappear overnight. In addition to its presence in Windows 8 and 7, it can be activated if necessary in Windows 10 for reasons of compatibility with existing sites and applications.
In addition, Microsoft had planned to allow IE11 in Windows 10 to be able to switch to the new EdgeHTML (or Edge) rendering engine. A fork of the current Trident engine (MSHTML) which is optimized for interoperability and support for Web standards. But the plans have just changed.
Coaster for the Redmond company. Project Spartan will be the default browser for all Windows 10 users and will be the only one to use EdgeHTML. Internet Explorer 11 will remain " basically unchanged "compared to what it is currently in Windows 8.1. It will rely exclusively on Trident.
The situation becomes clearer. Project Spartan alone embodies the future and Internet Explorer will not benefit from the features or changes in the rendering engine of Project Spartan. This divorce was pronounced following the opinions of testers who expressed a feeling of confusion about the role of the two browsers in Windows 10.
Even if it is not yet in the hands of testers (at least not officially), Microsoft is talking more and more about Project Spartan and has for example just highlighted Adobe's contributions and an openness to other players of the web.