At one point in the early 2000s, Mi­crosoft's ven­er­a­ble browser com­manded over 90% of the mar­ket share.

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The world was ex­clu­sively us­ing In­ter­net Ex­plorer to ac­cess the World Wide Web. But for years now the browser has seen an em­bar­rass­ing decline in use along with a rep­u­ta­tion that, the com­pany has come to re­alise be­lat­edly, is tar­nished be­yond re­pair – it is clunky, slow and is only good for down­load­ing other browsers. It was in­evitable that Mi­crosoft would put the In­ter­net Ex­plorer to rest and this hap­pened last month at the Win­dows Con­ver­gence con­fer­ence where it was an­nounced that in all Win­dows 10 de­vices IE would be re­placed by a new de­fault browser, cur­rently co­de­named Project Spar­tan. The 20-year-old browser which has seen 11 it­er­a­tions will con­tinue to ex­ist in some ver­sions of Win­dows 10 mainly for en­ter­prise com­pat­i­bil­ity, the com­pany said.

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