Here’s The First Look At Microsoft’s ‘Spartan’ Project For Windows 10
Rewind your clocks 10 years to January 2005 and you’ll hardly see a web browser but Microsoft Internet Explorer. IE has come a long way and has been overshadowed by the likes of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. If you look at Browser Statistics and Trends of December 2014, you’ll see that Google Chrome is used by 61.6% and Mozilla Firefox is used by 23.6%. IE sits at humble 8.0% only followed by the likes of Opera and Safari.
Whatever went wrong with IE these past years, it seems like Microsoft is looking to change that with a new web browser for Windows 10 codenamed, Spartan (derived from Microsoft’s Xbox exclusive video game Halo it seems). Not much is known about this secretly developed web browser, but recently a screenshot of the browser along with some information surfaced online.
First of all, do note that the provided screenshot is of an out-dated beta version and not the final product. Spartan seems lightweight, features a minimalistic design, with not much except a homepage button, settings button, and favourites.
Reportedly, Microsoft has hired a special team to work on Spartan which has undergone 3 design changes until now. The most recent UI was completed on the Christmas Day, but the screenshot is of the second design which was completed back in November 2014.
It’s being reported that Spartan will provide a new browsing experience and fix everything wrong with IE. Users will be able to surf the web using voice commands, like “Go to TechFrag.com”, “Add TechFrag to Favourites”, “Search for TechFrag”.
The reports also state that users will be able to run up to 4 different browsers inside Spartan, provided that those are installed on the same OS. By mere push of a button, users will be able to divide the browser into four different windows, each showing a different way of looking at a website or an online application.
Lastly, like stated above, Spartan is only a codename used by Microsoft and may or may not be the finalized name. It’s expected that we will learn more information at Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 Event on Jan. 21, 2015.
What do you think is wrong with Microsoft Internet Explorer and is Microsoft on the right track with this new integrated web browser? Let us know!
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