Microsoft unveils Edge browser to replace Internet Explorer

Like its predecessor Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge uses a blue “e” logo.


Microsoft has unveiled new web browser Microsoft Edge, which will replace Internet Explorer as the tech giant’s default browser.

Microsoft Edge will be used as the new default browser for all Windows 10 devices. It was developed under the code name Project Spartan.

The branding and interface designs for Microsoft Edge have been unveiled at the tech giant’s Build 2015 developers conference.

Like Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge uses a blue “e” logo.

The Microsoft Edge identity (left) and Internet Explorer logo
The Microsoft Edge identity (left) and Internet Explorer logo

The new browser includes features such as the ability to annotate on pages and the integration of Microsoft’s voice-controlled Cortana personal assistant.

Internet Explorer, which will now be phased out, was first introduced in 1995.

Microsoft has previously said that the logo design for Windows Explorer “conveys the metaphor of a globe and the exploration of that globe.

The company adds: “The resulting system consists of a solid, stable, trusted colour and shape (a blue circle).”

The Internet Explorer identity was updated on several occasions throughout its lifetime.

In 2012 Microsoft rebranded, introducing unified attributes such as the Segoe typeface across all its products.

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  • Hannah Wardle May 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Very surprised at the choice to reference the old IE logo. I would have thought that with all the negativity surrounding the old brand that it would have made sense to make a clean break. A new and clever idea could have worked wonders to mend a damaged public perspective.

  • Ettore Schioppa May 4, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    The Edge. Microsoft promise a new user-experience, until the edge of our expectations. Will be this promise maintained?

  • Ian Hirst May 4, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Ha Ha – we are still on Windows XP at work and this is a large corporate company and I use Firefox as Internet Explorer is unusable.

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