Microsoft will launch a new web browser with Windows 10. Up until now the company’s been calling the browser “Project Spartan,” but with Windows 10 expected to launch in a few months, the company has decided to do away with code names and give the web browser a name.

Meet Microsoft Edge.

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The new web browser is designed to run on smartphones, tablets, the Xbox game console, and other devices including the Hololens.

It won’t replace Internet Explorer right away — Windows 10 will ship with two web browsers so that people who rely on IE can continue to use it. But Edge has a new rendering engine, tools that let you annotate websites with handwritten notes and drawings, and tight integration with Windows features such as the Cortana virtual assistant.

At its 2015 Build Developer Conference, Microsoft also introduced a few new features for the web browser including support for web extensions and a more powerful new tab page.

The new tab page includes information such as thumbnails for your favorite sites, links to Windows Store apps from those sites (if available), and other information gathered from Cortana including sports scores, stocks, and other information you care about.

Not only does Microsoft Edge support web extensions written in HTML and JavaScript… it can use existing extension that have been created for other web browsers such as Chrome and Firefox. Microsoft even demonstrated the popular Reddit Enhancement Suite running on Edge.



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5 replies on “Microsoft Edge is the Windows 10 web browser (formerly known as Project Spartan)”

  1. Unfortunately somehow it looks fugly, the colors are bland and the interface just doesn’t cut it for my needs.

    It feels as if they’re not even trying anymore.

  2. Does this have any connection whatsoever with the “Edge” default rendering mode that’s been in IE for at least the last couple of years, or is this just a confusing complication to throw into the pot?

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