Microsoft is building a new web browser for Windows 10. As expected, it’s code-named Project Spartan, and it’s something different from Internet Explorer.

The company says Spartan has a new user interface, a new rendering engine, and new ways to interact with online content.


The browser will be available for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks or other PCs that don’t have touchscreens. Members of the Windows Insider Program will first be able to try out the browser in upcoming preview builds of Windows for the PC, but eventually it will hit Windows 10 for phones.

The browser has a simpler user interface with a smaller toolbar that gives you more space for web content.

There are tools that let you take notes (with a pen or a keyboard) on web pages. And there’s support for viewing PDF files in the browser.

Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant feature is also built into the browser. It can answer questions as you start typing queries into the location bar, based on the information it knows about you. Cortana can also bring up directions, menu information, or other relevant information when you’re looking at a web page for a restaurant, for example.

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6 replies on “Microsoft introduces the Windows 10 web browser (code-named Project Spartan)”

  1. And web developers the world over groan as they realize they now have another web browser to test their websites on, and one with an entirely different rendering engine (read: entirely new set of bugs to workaround).

  2. MS has bad rep with browsers, if you give a normal person a Chrome, but change the icon to IE and set the start page to Bing, they will curse it to hell. Do the same with IE11 (change the icon to Chrome, make it start with Google) and the same people will like it. Changing the name is a good move, now only Bing has to go. Yes, I know the whole damn thing is only there to make people use the default search engine – Bing. Still.

    1. Bing shines when it comes to surfing pr0n using their image search. It’s “pornstar!”

    2. Nah, it’s just that Chrome feels better and far superior to the rest of the bunch.

      Looks like IExplorer will be put out of it’s misery at some point and will finally be able to rejoin with MS Bob and Clippy. XD

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