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Internet Explorer's successor is called Microsoft Edge

     
1:08 am on Apr 30, 2015 (gmt 0)

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http://venturebeat.com/2015/04/29/internet-explorers-successor-project-spartan-is-called-microsoft-edge/ [venturebeat.com]

Internet Explorer’s successor, Project Spartan, is called Microsoft Edge

At its Build 2015 developer conference today, Microsoft announced Project Spartan will be called Microsoft Edge. Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of the operating systems group, announced the news on stage, adding that Edge will have support for extensions.

Edge is Microsoft’s new browser shipping on all Windows 10 devices (PCs, tablets, smartphones, and so on). Belfiore explained the name as referring to “being on the edge of consuming and creating.”
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Fail. It sounds like a part of MS Office. "Spartan" was much better.

Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, Vivaldi

vs.

Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Access
Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Edge
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They can call it "Gone Fishing" if they want, as long as it is fully compliant and addresses the short comings of IE (though those have diminished over the years!).
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Cutting edge? Bleeding edge? Thin edge of the wedge? Edge of tomorrow? Razor's edge? An edge on the competition? Edge of enough?

Seems risky to me.
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Seems risky to me.


As a product name, or as a product itself?

As a name, it is what it is. As a browser (which I have piddled with) it's not too shabby. :)
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I liked the original name, however, it's the browser itself that counts.

Bring it on!
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I remember in about 2000/1 leaving Netscape (which I paid for) and hanging on to Opera (which I also paid for) to go to the free IE 5.5/6.x because it was just a better browser. The free part didn't hurt, but it was better than Netscape 4.7x/6.x.

I'd love to stop worrying about my Windows users using an outdated version of a browser that came with their OS.
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FAIL. Nothing more to add but my disgust with this new name.
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They need to shed the "Explorer" moniker. Too many devs and tech people have a completely bad connection to the name. For good or bad, the complete name change is needed to help promote a new brand, new image and reinforce a ground-up re-write of the browser.

The name is meh. Certainly it's a branding thing. "Edge of ..." whatever. However, they need to get rid of the blue "e" logo on the website. The icon for the app, itself is ridiculous: a blue square with a wire frame of a globe.

I've only been using it a little while, but it's fast and I haven't run into any compatibility issues yet. Hopefully, they have it right this time. What's interesting is their claim it will run Firefox and Chome plug-ins. About to test that. We'll see if their claims hold water. If so, this could be interesting.
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I first heard the name and sort of chuckled to myself - I mean, it's not like Microsoft is ever going to produce any of their stuff to write to or to be compatible with anything else - We never saw Internet Explorer on Linux, so chances are pretty good that we won't see any Edge builds for Linux either ... If Microsoft ever really wanted to get into the game with a brand, they would write accordingly - but we aren't seeing that.

As a matter of speaking, Microsoft is doing quite the opposite - Showing their fear of superior operating systems we find them lately borking third party BIOS Firmware to reject every OS but their own - Microsoft is off in their own little world. As long as they stay in their own little world, they'll remain the odd man out on anything of any great consequence with regard to market share. People have realized or are in the process of realizing, that the days of Windows are numbered. Windows isn't what it was during the days of 98 or XP - and forcing people to use hardware with an inferior operating system is just another sign that Microsoft Windows is on it's way out.

Microsoft Edge? .. should indicate that yes, Microsoft is indeed on the edge - on the edge of going out of business because they won't innovate or otherwise participate in anything that has anything else to do with what goes on out here in the real world of the internet.
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Will they have a problem with the name Edge as soon as they release a mobile phone version? Don't Samsung have phones called 'Edge'? Will they complain?
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They used the "e" for Internet Explorer, and it appears that they'll use the "e" for Microsoft Edge .. heh .. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
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Yes, well having tried to configure the "Project Spartan" which effectively came out of the box with my Windows 10 Preview Build 10061 update?

What the heck were they trying to achieve? In Australia the default home page was set [almost in concrete] as NineMSM, with Bing welded on as the default SE. NineMSM a deal between the Australian Channel 9 Network and Microsoft.

[ninemsn.com.au ]

Advertisements galore.

Readily configurable? Yeah right! My initial impression was Microsoft seem intent on following every mistake made with Chrome.

In the acerbic words of a friend -

"What has it to offer, which I don't already have with IE11 or Firefox?"
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"What has it to offer, which I don't already have with IE11 or Firefox?"


In my round of testing it appears to have a better memory footprint, one that does not grow (as much) over time in use. Lately FF has become a pain in that regard (latest ve4rsion).

The new browser is not fully baked, but looks a good start. Hoping the remaining issues are ironed out in time for the summer release.
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It's called Internet Explorer 12 on Windows 9.

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I disagree. Edge is really fast. While they never bothered porting IE to Linux, I think they have a new direction now. Keep in mind, they stopped porting it to MacOS on purpose many years ago.

But look what they've done more recently: Office is absolutely brilliant on Android. OneNote is almost seemless from windows to Mac to Android and even the Web App.

Their track record sucks. This is true. However, it seems they've started (at least a miniscule trend of) re-writing their products instead of hacking what they bought/lifted from other companies' products.

We're still in preview - for the browser and for the OS. The start page is rather trivial. In the US, it was the MSN site (ugh) and a new URL: browserfordoing.com/en-us. Perhaps other countries didn't get the update. Either way, a start page is trivial. Should we really judge the browser by its default start page?

I'm going to wait and see how this plays out. But for the moment, it appears they're heading in the right direction.
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"Edge" works for me. It's no goofier than "Firefox," "Chrome," "Opera," or "Safari," and it's a much smaller mouthful than "Internet Explorer."
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But the internet has no edge...
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I find it amusing people even care enough about the new name to discuss it even.

I'm more concerned with some of the wacky features it's got like allowing people to draw on pages and share that vandalized content with others.
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The name "Microsoft" has a lot of bad connotations among webmasters and web developers and they are the ones who can make or break the product. The name is crucial in this aspect. The less 'Microsoft' in their product names, the better.

Not to mention that the word 'edge' is complex and confusing for most people whose English is not their native language (most of them will not know what the word actually means so it won't work well from a marketing/branding viewpoint). Microsoft has a long history of bad product names, so it just confirms they don't listen to opinions of their customers (or logic): [pcworld.com...]