Project Spartan Is Microsoft’s New Web Browser In Windows 10
As reported earlier, Microsoft is forsaking Internet Explorer and introducing a new default web browser in its place in Windows 10. Meet Project Spartan; Microsoft’s latest attempt to in providing a seamless browsing experience.
Despite the fact that Internet Explorer 11 isn’t half as bad as some people are led to believe, it’s evident from Browser Statistics and Trends of December 2014 that Microsoft was in dire need of a new web browser or at least rebrand the good old Internet Explorer. This is exactly what Microsoft is doing with Project Spartan.
No matter how effective Internet Explorer has become, it’s hard to change consumer’s general perception. Over the last few years, the name Internet Explorer has been ridiculed which forced Microsoft in coming up with a new browser.
The new web browser works on a new rendering engine which features a minimalistic design, clean user-interface, and a more streamlined look. Furthermore, it’s being designed for mobiles, tablets, and PCs.
Some other features to be included in Project Spartan are a built-in support for various extensions including .PDF and more. Furthermore, it’ll also feature a special reading mode which is similar to applications like Pocket and Instapaper and includes offline support.
Users will also be able to make notes on web pages and then share them with your colleagues. This feature works across all devices including mobiles, tablets, and PCs.
Last but not the least, Cortana – a personal virtual assistant that comes with Windows 10 – will be an integral part of Project Spartan (Halo, anyone?). Cortana will be able to perform searches, save web pages, provide email notifications, and notify users about events near their location.
Even with all these efforts, Microsoft may increase Project Spartan’s PC audience, but mobile and tablet platforms still remain at bay. The primary reason for this is the inclusion of Google Chrome as a default browser on all Android devices whereas the iOS devices rely on Safari.
In addition to this, Microsoft needs to work on Project Spartan’s compatibility. A large chunk of web developers provide compatibility for Google Chrome and Safari followed by Mozilla’s Firefox and then for Internet Explorer; if they absolutely have to.
Instead of focusing most of its attention on features like voice commands and annotations, Microsoft ought to worry about meeting W3C standards and fix the foundations before moving on to other things.
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