Microsoft is building a new web browser to replace Internet Explorer. Currently codenamed Project Spartan, the new browser will include a number of unique features that will separate it from its rivals and it will be included as part of Windows 10 across devices, including PCs, tablets, and phones.
During the Windows 10 press event, Microsoft’s head of Windows product definition and design team, Joe Belfiore, made a full presentation of Spartan highlighting the new interface that fits right in with the new Windows 10 apps design and new way to group tabs. The company also showed off three unique features: digital inking to annotate web pages with a stylus or add comment using the keyboard, reading mode to declutter web pages, and Cortana built-in right into the web browser.
This is the first full presentation of Spartan giving us a first look of what is to come. Microsoft plans to release a preview version of Spartan in the coming months, but the browser doesn’t come included in the latest release of Windows 10 (build 9926).
One big unmentioned detail during the presentation was extensions, but the company has already confirmed that Spartan will include support for extensions similar to Google Chrome.