It turns out that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer engineering team has considered changing the name of its web browser in order to escape its negative reputation. While the name hasn’t changed yet, the team admits that it could one day.
During a Reddit Q&A session, users asked Engineer, Jonathan Sampson, if Microsoft had ever thought about changing the IE name, to which he replied:
“It’s been suggested internally; I remember a particularly long email thread where numerous people were passionately debating it. Plenty of ideas get kicked around about how we can separate ourselves from negative perceptions that no longer reflect our product today. The discussion I recall seeing was a very recent one (just a few weeks ago). Who knows what the future holds.”
Internet Explorer is notorious for being the first thing you replace when you come face to face with a fresh Windows install or brand new PC. Despite its reputation, according to Netapp, Internet Explorer still accounts for a huge share of the world’s web browser usage, although a lot of this comes from incredibly old versions of the browser.
Microsoft is currently attempting to ween users off of older versions of Internet Explorer, much like how it tried to get users to switch from Windows XP. However, it isn’t succeeding in doing so, it seems that users just love to cling on to legacy Microsoft software.
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KitGuru Says: A branding change could be good for Microsoft’s web browser, maybe we’ll see it happen in Windows 9. However, even if it did change, most enthusiasts will likely stick to their web browser of choice regardless of what Microsoft does. Do you guys think Microsoft should put the Internet Explorer name behind it?
Source: The Inquirer