It’s been a while since we first heard of Microsoft’s Project Spartan, the new web browser for Windows 10, which will replace Internet Explorer. We also knew that Project Spartan was just a codename for the web browser and that at one point the company was going to reveal its real name. So, the wait is over, during the BUILD 2015 keynote, the software giant has just unveiled that the new web browser is called “Microsoft Edge”.
It’s a little surprising that the name was staring at us the whole time. If you remember the rendering engine of the new web browser is also called “EDGE” and it seems that Microsoft has chosen the same for the Internet Explorer replacement.
During the BUILD keynote, Microsoft demonstrated the Edge web browser, and even though the software still features the same flat, minimalist, and modern design with Cortana integration, and digital ink support to annotate web pages. The company unveiled a new “New Tab” page with new ways to discover other things. In the demo, the company showed a “New Tab” with recent links in form of tiles, and a range of widgets that users can customize to get the latest news, weather information, featured apps to try, and many other things.
Another huge announcement for Microsoft Edge is that the software giant is finally bringing extensions to its web browser. Even more exacting, Microsoft is making super easy for developers to port Chrome extensions to Edge.
Here is the Microsoft introduction video to Edge: