The former Internet Explorer Chief, Dean Hachamovitch, who guided the development of Microsoft’s browser for ten years, has left Microsoft. Hachamovitch made the announcement in a short blog post, in which he said he was “ready to enjoy a different point of view on both tech and life.”
Hachamovitch first joined Microsoft in 1990 and became the general manager for Internet Explorer in 2003. At the time, Internet Explorer was riding high having just trounced its rival Netscape for dominance in the browser market. However, that high wouldn’t last for long as the browser suffered from severe lack of development. In 2006, Internet Explorer began to lose ground to newcomers such as Mozilla Firefox, which offered more advanced browsers with features never before seen in Internet Explorer. Hachamovitch publicly took the blame for the failings of IE stating, “As committed as we are to the browser, we just didn’t do a good job demonstrating it.”
In recent years as the Internet Explorer chief, Hachamovitch had been more aggressive with development of Microsoft’s browser boasting about IE’s HTML 5 compatibility while also celebrating its security enhancements. Unfortunately, these enhancements weren’t enough and IE continued to lose ground and its public perception lagged behind new rivals such as Google’s Chrome.
Late last year, Hachamovitch was reassigned to become chief data scientist as part of Microsoft’s huge Windows reorganization efforts. Hachamovitch has commented that the company “really has changed a lot” and that he “overdue a change” indicating his dissatisfaction for his new role in the tech giant.
Under his guidance, the Internet Explorer team has been reluctant to incorporate features found in many of its competitors such as browser extensions found in Google’s Chrome browser. It is rumored that this feature will finally be made available in the upcoming IE12 release along with a host of new features designed to bring Microsoft’s browser more in line with its competitors. The departure of Dean Hachamovitch may finally signal that Internet Explore is ready to compete with the next generation of browsers.[Photo Credit: