What are the first words that come to mind when you think about Microsoft’s Internet Explorer?

With the rising popularity of both Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox, if you were thinking of ‘neglected’ or ‘denigrated’ you could be on the right track – and Microsoft knows it.

In a recent Reddit Q&A session engineers from Microsoft’s IE platform team took a number of questions from interested readers, and one of the topics that cropped up was the issue of renaming the Internet Explorer browser to move away from the negative publicity and start afresh.

“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,” answered Jonathan Sampson.

Microsoft’s browser has been the topic of much debated as many internet users feel that the browser hasn’t been given the support and love that it deserves.

Sampson said that while there aren’t immediate plans to change the name and start anew, it might happen in the future. “The discussion I recall seeing was a very recent one (just a few weeks ago). Who knows what the future holds.”

Fellow engineer David Catuhe chimed in much later in the discussion with a rather humorous suggestions for a new name:

“I’m more for Windows Internet Ubber (sic) Browser 2014 SP1 Ex+ (But seems like I’m not responsible for IE marketing…”

[Source – Reddit]
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