Windows 10: Microsoft building new browser as part of Windows 10 push

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  1. Posts : 20,696
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       29 Dec 2014 #1

    Microsoft building new browser as part of Windows 10 push


    There's been talk for a while that Microsoft was going to make some big changes to Internet Explorer in the Windows 10 time frame, making IE "Spartan" look and feel more like Chrome and Firefox.

    Thomas Nigro, a Microsoft Student Partner lead and developer of the modern version of VLC, mentioned on Twitter earlier this month that he heard Microsoft was building a brand-new browser. Nigro said he heard talk of this during a December episode of the LiveTile podcast.

    Spartan is still going to use Microsoft's Chakra JavaScript engine and Microsoft's Trident rendering engine (not WebKit), sources say. As Neowin's Brad Sams reported back in September, the coming browser will look and feel more like Chrome and Firefox and will support extensions. Sams also reported on December 29 that Microsoft has two different versions of Trident in the works, which also seemingly supports the claim that the company has two different Trident-based browsers.

    However, if my sources are right, Spartan is not IE 12. Instead, Spartan is a new, light-weight browser Microsoft is building.

    Windows 10 (at least the desktop version) will ship with both Spartan and IE 11, my sources say. IE 11 will be there for backward-compatibility's sake. Spartan will be available for both desktop and mobile (phone/tablet) versions of Windows 10, sources say.
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  2. Posts : 8,295
    Windows 10 Professional
       29 Dec 2014 #2

    Interesting! Google and Mozilla are more influential than I thought!
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  3.    29 Dec 2014 #3

    This could be very interesting. I for one can't wait to see it.
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    Win-7Prox64 Win-8.1Prox64 Win-10Prox64
       29 Dec 2014 #4

    I see a name conflict coming
    I'm not sure anyone cares about looks anymore Chrome and Firefox look identical.
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  5.    29 Dec 2014 #5

    Wow!

    I wonder if this means like, they're LITERALLY shipping a new internet browser of which they haven't done since the inception of IE. That would be MAJOR poop right there and honestly, given their recent track record, that would be surprising if they didn't do that.

    Also, I like that code name, Spartan. The Spartan browser is way better than chrome!
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    Windows 7, 8.1, 10 | Linux
       29 Dec 2014 #6

    Wow, Great.
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  7.    29 Dec 2014 #7

    I, for one, would hate to see a browser that looks like Chrome and FireFox replace IE. I use IE because I DON'T like Chrome and FireFox.
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  8.    29 Dec 2014 #8

    Well, we already have the one in the picture in Windows 8.1 which is quite different. I wonder whether that is going to be the base for the new browser.

    I don't even know what the name of this IE is, but I like it. You can do a lot more with it than with the IE11 - except for favorites.


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  9. Posts : 20,696
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       29 Dec 2014 #9

    whs said: View Post
    Well, we already have the one in the picture in Windows 8.1 which is quite different. I wonder whether that is going to be the base for the new browser.

    I don't even know what the name of this IE is, but I like it. You can do a lot more with it than with the IE11 - except for favorites.


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    Hey Wolfgang,

    That would be Internet Explorer in modern mode instead of desktop mode in Windows 8.1.
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  10.    29 Dec 2014 #10

    Thanks Shawn. Now the thing has a name, LOL. It is a nice version that I use sometimes - e.g. for finding a post by a certain term.

    Watch this - looking for all posts in this thread with the term "spartan". First occurrence is in red, the following are in yellow.

    Click on Youtube (bottom right) for full screen control.


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