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Microsoft recently announced the demise of Internet Explorer (IE) and the launch of a new default browser, Project Spartan for Windows 10. Good riddance to IE from some folks. And for the others still tied to IE, Gregg Keizer, Computerworld, says half of them have less than 10 months to discard their browsers and either update to a new edition of IE or dump Microsoft for one of its browser-making rivals.

Internet Explorer will still be included in some versions of the OS for compatability purposes relating to enterprise software, reported Kristofer Wouk, Fox News. “Project Spartan is shaping up to be a promising browser, offering a cleaner look and features like Cortana search integration. Without the burden of the Internet Explorer name, maybe users will even give it a try,” he says.

If you want a peek into what Project Spartan can do, Brad Chacos at PCWorld offers a way to do it. Here’s how he says to enable its experimental Edge rendering engine in Windows 10’s Internet Explorer 11:

Just open IE11 and type about: flags in the address bar. In the page that appears, simply set ‘Experimental Web Platform Features’ to Enabled, then restart the browser. Setting the ‘Custom User Agent’ string to Enabled as well will trick websites that nerf the old IE engine into using Spartan Edge.

After Jan. 12, 2016, Microsoft will support IE9 only on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008; IE10 only on Win­­dows Server 2012; and only IE11 on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Win­­dows Server 2012 R2, according to Keizer.

“IE7 and IE8 will drop off support completely, as will IE6 in July when Microsoft retires Windows Server 2003, but others on certain editions of Windows, like IE10 on Windows 7, will also get the patch ax,” Keizer mentions.

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