Rumours went wild towards the end of 2014 that the demise of Internet Explorer is nigh. Microsoft’s OS has fallen rapidly in popularity since Apple’s Safari, Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox have taken the internet by storm.
Rewind to 2008 and IE was still the hot favourite operating system, however, the latest reports from January 2015, show that market share has dropped to just 7.8%.
Its 20 year life span has had a good innings, however, its reputation is now (rather sadly) flawed – as it is renowned for being slow and unwieldy.
Not all is lost and we must not give up hope on Microsoft, as gentle murmurs have now gathered momentum that a new Internet browser is on the horizon. Boldly named ‘Spartan’, the new internet browser is leaked to be leaner, ‘faster and designed with mobile in mind’. Follow link
It is also possible that it will be available for non-Windows platforms such as Android and iOS – helping it gain valuable mobile market share.
The longevity of IE relies on the success of Spartan. At present IE is on version 11, and is showing no signs of being upgraded to IE12. If Spartan takes the market by storm and starts gaining greater market share for Microsoft, then it won’t come as a surprise to see Internet Explorer fall into retirement.