1. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       20 Jan 2015 #1

    Microsoft Spartan: Chrome Extensions target native support


    Tomorrow is Microsoft's big day when they will pull back the curtain on Windows 10 and show off a new browser. We have been reporting on Spartan since September and at that time, we pointed out that Redmond was working on extensions too.

    Neowin has learned a bit more about these extensions and how Microsoft plans to make its browser attractive for developers. Spartan will be able to use Chrome extensions and, while we are not sure if they will work 100% natively, the way extensions have been implemented is nearly identical to that of Chrome which will make it a simple process for developers to make their extensions work on Spartan.
    Read more: Microsoft Spartan: Chrome Extensions targeted for native support - Neowin
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  2. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,934
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       20 Jan 2015 #2

    Sweet... I can't wait to test out Spartan!!
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  3.    21 Jan 2015 #3

    Well, if Microsoft's goal for Spartan is to be able to run Chrome extensions, then why wouldn't a user just use Chrome? I have little confidence in Microsoft's extensions ability. Point in case, I use my Google Play as my main music app over all of Windows trinkets. Flash is embedded in chrome, no 3rd party. I do like MS online Office over Google Docs. I even use Google extensions for photo editing.

    To me, it just seems, Microsoft just keeps trying to copy other products.

    But, I guess another browser to choose from is not a bad thing. Again, I am thinking it will only work with Windows 10, maybe 8, and forward so I think adoption might be slow.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2014
    Czech Republic
    Posts : 82
    Windows 10 TP x64
       21 Jan 2015 #4

    Personally, I would love to use IE only, but there are two or three addons/extensions which are pretty much unavoidable for my browsing experience, and only because of this I am using FF now, Chrome before. Support for Chrome extensions without Chrome would solve this conundrum for me, so looking forward to what future brings...
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  5. Joined : Sep 2014
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    Posts : 273
    Windows 7, 8.1, 10 | Linux
       21 Jan 2015 #5

    Awesome!
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  6. Joined : Jun 2014
    San Diego, CA
    Posts : 1,242
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview x64
       21 Jan 2015 #6

    Wow...that's pretty awesome. That might make me think about giving Spartan a real shot.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 297
    10x64
       21 Jan 2015 #7

    Trust_No1 said: View Post
    Well, if Microsoft's goal for Spartan is to be able to run Chrome extensions, then why wouldn't a user just use Chrome? I have little confidence in Microsoft's extensions ability. Point in case, I use my Google Play as my main music app over all of Windows trinkets. Flash is embedded in chrome, no 3rd party. I do like MS online Office over Google Docs. I even use Google extensions for photo editing.
    Flash is made/updated by Adobe--and *nobody* else... Adobe Flash - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Google extensions are all 3rd party, just like Microsoft's IE & Firefox extensions, etc. That's why they are called "extensions."

    I find Google software, including G. Play and Docs, to be very amateurish, but that's just me...

    To me, it just seems, Microsoft just keeps trying to copy other products.
    Well, Microsoft was shipping a browser before Google wrote the first line of code for Chrome, and of course Microsoft is the author of Windows--for which Google has no analogue or counterpart. Indeed, like Netscape and then Mozilla, Google owes pretty much its entire existence to the Microsoft Windows market. Ironic, eh?

    But, I guess another browser to choose from is not a bad thing. Again, I am thinking it will only work with Windows 10, maybe 8, and forward so I think adoption might be slow.
    Unless a new browser brings something new and interesting to the table, I agree with you in thinking there are enough of them already. But maybe Microsoft will do some neat stuff with this...time will tell. (Just be glad you don't have to use Safari...)
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  8.    21 Jan 2015 #8

    I definitely will give it a fair shake.
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