The new Microsoft browser is reported to be code named Project Spartan. See "This is Spartan! But is it the end for Microsoft's Internet Explorer?" Here is a YouTube.com video on Project Spartan:
What does this mean to genealogists? I find that many in the genealogical community have only the vaguest understanding of the inner workings of the there computer's operating system and how it interacts with the online world. The browser is the program that enables your device (desktop computer to mobile device) to talk to the online world out there on the Internet. Computers and devices that use Microsoft Windows have traditionally come with Internet Explorer pre-installed, just as Apple devices have come with the Safari browser. The world of browsers got more complicated when Google introduced its Chrome browser and as you can see, Chrome has rapidly moved into an dominant position.
Genealogists are the proverbial hair on the end of the dog's tail when it comes to computers. We move with every wag and shake of the computer market but have no leverage or input because of our diffuse and relatively small consumer base. If all the genealogists in a community suddenly decided to buy new computers, it probably wouldn't be noticed even if they all bought one at the local Walmart.
But from the standpoint of the genealogists, these new movements in the market are particularly troublesome. As I have pointed out many times in the past, many older genealogists (and some younger ones) struggle with technology. A major shift in the way devices operate will only complicate the issue. It will also mean that the developers of genealogy software will face yet another round of upgrades and attempts to implement the new features. Those computer users still running Windows Vista and XP will fall another generation behind the current systems and we will ultimately have data migration issues.