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Microsoft announces end of Internet Explorer

So we hope you can join us for a minute's silence, after Microsoft announced that they'll soon be doing away with the iconic browser in favour of a newer version, which is currently code named Project Spartan.

Frustrated users have previously slammed the browser for being slow and bug-prone, and Microsoft once talked of changing the name of the browser to address "negative perceptions that no longer reflect reality."

Speaking yesterday, Microsoft's marketing chief Chris Capossella said, "We're now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10.

"We'll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we'll also have a new browser, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing."

Microsoft also revealed yesterday that users were more likely to favour services with the company's name in front of them, meaning that the new browser is likely to adhere to this format.

Although it's not clear when the browser's new name will be revealed, it will form part of the much anticipated Windows 10, which will launch later this year.

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