Windows 10 build 10051: Project Spartan browser gets new improvements

Project Spartan version 0.11 - Windows 10 build 10051

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.

Open with Internet Explorer option in Project Spartan

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.

Project Spartan version 0.11

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.)

Project Spartan download manager for Windows 10

Also when bookmarking a new web page, you’ll find a more streamlined “Add to” menu.

Add to Favorites in Project Spartan

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”.

Project Spartan about:flags "Experimental Features"

You can also enable or disable features such as Standard Document Scroll Properties, use independent scrolling for mouse, keyboard and scrollbar, touch events, interop mouse events for touch, enable CSS filter property, enable experimental JavaScript features, enable asm.js, and more.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.