Recently a new preview of Windows 10 surfaced onto the web and while the highlight of the build were the new Mail and Calendar apps, Project Spartan also shows a few interesting improvements worth pointing out.
The new web browser for Windows 10 build 10051, now has a new “Open with Internet Explorer” option in the More Actions button (…) to offer compatibility with legacy websites that won’t load correctly in the new browser. This new addition to Spartan indicates that while Microsoft will stop pinning Internet Explorer 11 on the taskbar and plans to remove the link from the All Apps list, it seems that the company won’t fully hide away IE 11 from users.
Windows 10 build 10051 also reveals that Project Spartan has bumped from version 0.10 to 0.11, which indicates the new web browser still in the very early stage of development.
On Spartan version 0.11 you can now view and manage your downloads in the download manager, which is something that wasn’t available in build 10049. (To access the download manager, simply click the “Favorites” folder icon and click the download manager button on the right.)
Also when bookmarking a new web page, you’ll find a more streamlined “Add to” menu.
Finally, I also noticed that you can now type in the address bar “about:flags” to access the Experimental Features in Project Spartan. In this page, you test various experimental features Microsoft is working on. For example, you can change the user agent string, the default string is set to “Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/39.0.2171.71 Safari/537.36 Edge/12.0”.