The Microsoft’s browser development team has confirmed that extensions indeed are coming to Project Spartan web browser. The successor of Internet Explorer will be bundled with all the versions of Windows 10, including PCs, tablets, and phones. Up until now extensions similar to Google Chrome for Spartan was a rumor, but the browser development team noted on Twitter “we’re working on a plan for extensions for a future update to Project Spartan.”
Internet Explorer currently supports add-ons, but they’re not similar and don’t work like extensions for Firefox and Chrome. Previous report also suggests that Microsoft is working toward implementing extensions almost exactly like the ones found in Google Chrome, which means that developers building extensions for Chrome can easily port them to Project Spartan.
While Microsoft plans to make Spartan the web browser of choice in Windows 10, the company will continue to ship Internet Explorer for compatibility purposes. The new browser will use a brand new rendering engine called EDGE that works similar to Microsoft’s Trident engine in IE11, making it clear that the software giant is distancing from legacy support and focusing on the modern web.
If you missed it, here is the full Project Spartan presentation during the Windows 10 press event:
Microsoft has yet to reveal more information about Project Spartan, the company showed off the browser for the first time at the Windows 10 briefing in Redmond. The presentation included a first look of the software running in Windows 10, Cortana integration, reading mode, and digital inking to annotate web pages and share them via OneDrive.
For now we know that Spartan will come included with Windows 10, but Microsoft is being silent if the new web browser will become available for Windows 8 and Windows 7, and even in other platforms like Android and iOS, now that the software is an app rather than a part of Windows.