Microsoft considering Internet Explorer name change

A team of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer engineers have revealed that they have considered “re-branding and changing the name of Internet Explorer”.

“It’s been suggested internally,” the team commented. “Plenty of ideas get kicked around about how we can separate ourselves from negative perceptions that no longer reflect our product today.”
“A few weeks ago,” the Internet Explorer team said there was “a particularly long email thread where numerous people were passionately debating it.”

Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) is no stranger to name changes for products that just aren’t cutting it.
The Internet Explorer team noted that the latest version of Microsoft’s browser takes advantage of all the latest security and software features that its rivals use.
To speed adoption of IE 11, the latest iteration of Internet Explorer, Microsoft said it is ending support for old versions of its browser. The most-used version of Internet Explorer stubbornly remains IE 8, which debuted in 2009.
Corporations tend to be very slow to adopt new browser versions, particularly if they custom-build applications for them. But the IE team said on Reddit that the latest version of Internet Explorer allows corporate IT teams to install IE 11 company-wide but still run certain applications in IE 8.
Source: CNN

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