Microsoft has finally settled on a name for its next generation web browser, it announced at its 2015 Build developer’s conference Wednesday: “Microsoft Edge.”
Microsoft Edge will supplant Internet Explorer as the default browser for Windows 10 this summer, but IE won’t disappear forever just yet. The new browser’s name appears to reference its graphic rendering engine, which is called EdgeHTML.
Microsoft first unveiled the browser in January under the codename “Project Spartan,” named for a character in the company’s Halo video game series. It features a more minimalist design than Internet Explorer and a number of new ways to interact with web content, from stripping out ads and graphics in “read mode” to annotating web pages with digital ink.