Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge are coming. It is exciting but the development world needs to be prepared.

We never ask what happened to Windows 9. In the vane of Fight Club the first rule of Windows 9 is that no one talks about it as Windows 9. Instead it is Windows 10 – a brand spanking new rival of OS X, putting Windows back into the spotlight momentarily in and amongst a world of Apple related produce.

Windows 10 is an interesting development. As a product it will not focus so much on new features but rather improved functionality. This means a new start menu, new app functions, and, of course, Internet Explorer 12 – apart from it isn’t quite as simple as that.

Much like the jump from Windows 8 to Windows 10, Internet Explorer is making a leap of its own. Due to the bad reputation of the browser, Internet Explorer is being dropped as a brand. Instead of Internet Explore 12 it will be known as Microsoft Edge.

Edge is a whole new product designed by Microsoft to make browsing more enjoyable and interactive. It is a replacement for Internet Explorer, being better, able to do more. Where the rendering engine for IE will be held within Edge, the new Edge rendering engine will only work within the new browser.

What this means is very simple. Old sites, compatible with the newest versions of IE, will still be viewable in Edge. 

The conclusion is simple. Websites need to be evaluated and looked at in order to make sure they will appear, and function, correctly on both IE and Edge. If a website is old it will need to be updated to support the newest version of IE at the very least. If not then it will not necessarily work on all devices or in all browsers.

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