Microsoft plans to include a new web browser with Windows 10 when the operating system launches this summer. Code-named Project Spartan, it uses a different rendering engine than Internet Explorer, has a user interface designed to work across phones, tablets, and desktops, and includes better support for web standards thanks, in part, to involvement of third-party companies such as Adobe in the development process.
Microsoft has talked a lot about Project Spartan over the past few months, but the company hasn’t let you actually try it out… until now.
The latest Windows 10 Technical Preview (build 10049) includes a build of the web browser.
Internet Explorer is still there if you want to use it. Microsoft won’t be killing off its legacy web browser for a while so that enterprise users and others that rely on applications that may not work properly with Spartan (or Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc) can still rely on it for a while longer. But Spartan (or whatever it’ll be called once the code-name is replaced with a real name) is clearly the browser Microsoft is focusing on for Windows 10.
Among other things, the browser includes:
- Built-in support for the Cortana personal voice assistant
- Support for jotting notes including comments, questions, or annotations on website and sharing “Web Notes” with other users (you can use a digital pen for hand-written notes)
- Reading List and Reading View options for saving articles for later, distraction-free reading, and saving pages as PDF files
- A simpler user interface with a smaller toolbar
The new web browser is the primary new feature in Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10049. Most of the other changes include bug fixes.