Microsoft talked for the first time about Project Spartan web browser during the Windows 10 preview conference back in January. Then the company demonstrated its Internet Explorer replacement at the Mobile World Congress, where we saw how the browser will look and work on mobile devices.
Alongside the official demonstrations, we also recently got a sneak peek with a video showing how Cortana integrates with Spartan. Today, MSWin, a Russian website published an early review of the software on its current stage, but most importantly the article includes several interesting screenshots unveiling UI elements that we haven’t seen yet.
For example, we can now see how the address bar looks like and how it shows frequent sites as you type.
How the browser behaves when resizing a window.
You can also notice how secure websites are represented in the address bar.
The options in the control’s menu, which currently allows to open a new window, zoom, share, search on page, and access to settings.
As expected all tabs have a context menu with a few items active, such as Close tab, Duplicate tab, Move to new window, and more. However, currently there is no access to create an InPrivate session or restore previously closed tabs.
Spartan’s settings are minimal at this time, compare to IE11 or Google Chrome and Firefox. In the image below, you can see that there are only a few main features that can be configured, such as general, Reading View, and Experimental Features.
Clicking the folder icon allows you to add web pages to Reading List and Favorites.
As Microsoft said Cortana is a big part of Spartan and a you can see in the image below, you can simply select and right-click a word or a phrase to “Ask Cortana”. Doing this action will open a fly in pane with the results of your current query.
It’s worth pointing out that the article doesn’t mention from which build of Windows 10 is the version of the new web browser. In addition, everything you see here today is subject to change as the software still under development.
Microsoft also confirmed that it will include a test version of Project Spartan in the next preview build of Windows 10, which it should release before the end of March.