What’s in a name? Microsoft considered Internet Explorer name change

Avatar By Aaron Sims | 6 years ago

What’s in a name? For Microsoft, enough to consider changing the Internet Explorer name. Internet Explorer development team members revealed renaming the popular Internet browser had been discussed internally, to distance the new version from negative perceptions about earlier versions of the browser.  The information was revealed in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” feature, reports Tech Times.

“It’s been suggested internally; I remember a particularly long email thread where numerous people were passionately debating it,” wrote Jonathan Sampson of the Internet Explorer development team. “Plenty of ideas get kicked around about how we can separate ourselves from negative perceptions that no longer reflect our product today.”

Differentiating the newer versions of Internet Explorer from their slow and unsafe predecessors is a Microsoft priority.

The latest versions of Internet browsers offer better stability, higher performance and wider support, said Microsoft. It might take a while for users to forget about the bad reputation of Internet Explorer, as many people continue to use older versions.

In the Reddit feature, the IE development team also admitted lagging behind Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome regarding browser extensions, but they are looking to improve in that area.

The Metro version of Internet Explorer for the Windows 8 operating system does not support extensions. The team is making sure that extensions will not compromise Windows 8 computer and user security.

Internet Explorer is the most used desktop Internet browser, holding 58.01 percent of the market, according to data from Net Applications. The most popular version is Internet Explorer 8, at 21.56 percent.

Internet Explorer 8 was the browser that came with the Windows 7 operating system. Now that Internet Explorer 11 has been released, a problem could arise if users refuse to upgrade their browser version.

Mac users should not hold their breath–a Mac version of Internet Explorer should not be expected any time soon.