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Out with Internet Explorer and In with Project Spartan
By: Cindy Wendland
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As a web designer, Internet Explorer is a thorn in our side. It forces web development to support old versions of a web browser that just doesn’t work quite right. Firefox, Chrome, and Safari are much-preferred browsers that display what we want to have displayed. Microsoft is making us very happy with their announcement that Internet Explorer will fade to a legacy product and a new browser, internally called Project Spartan, will be introduced.

The new Microsoft browser is purported to have features designed to make it easier for users to view web pages, save them, or share comments about them with friends. What else is a browser supposed to do? Some input on what makes a good browser comes from author Scott Berkun. Will this browser offer good readability? Face it; we search for information so that we can read it or watch it. Will the browser offer good navigation? We want to get from one site to the next, and from one part of a site to another part. Will this browser offer good interaction? We want to shop online, chat, send email and relay information.

Reports say that Microsoft wants to be associated with something more sexy and new. Here’s what would make us excited about a new browser: be lightning fast; support all kinds of applications, add-ons and programs that make the website powerful and beautiful; allow lots of tabs to be open and highly functional so multi-taskers can maximize their time; allow for lots of personal preferences; give us lots of ways to clear our history but keep certain data and settings; and make it pretty. 

Well, maybe that’s a personal wish list, but web browsers are the window to see the web. Just help us get there and quickly and easily find what we want while we do other things. Then we’ll be happy.

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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