Internet Explorer has been a crux of Windows ever since 1995, but it looks like Microsoft is going to revamp IE with Windows 10. Microsoft is building a new browser codenamed, Spartan, a light-weight browser with several new features and will look more like Chrome and Firefox, apart from also supporting extensions. This new browser shall be displayed at ‘The Next Chapter’ event for Microsoft Windows 10 on January 21.
Spartan seems like it could be a “two birds, one stone” solution. Kill off the brand name that has become synonymous with poor browser performance, and create something new that addresses all the shortcomings of its forebears. Earlier this month, an early build of the Windows 10 was leaked showing numerous changes. In the leaked build, Microsoft was seen to have made some visible changes such as new wallpaper showing upfront alongside Cortana integration. The video showed Cortana would be present on the task bar with search option. Interestingly, the voice-based virtual assistant app was seen to also support voice-commands; though the leaked 9901 build showed that the feature still required some updates to work.
The name isn’t set in store as it’s currently only a codename, but the Internet Explorer team already hinted in a Reddit Ask Me Anything from earlier this year that they were planning on changing the name of IE to set a new version vastly apart from the old versions, similarly to what the tech giant is trying to do by naming the next operating system Windows 10 instead of the next-in-line Windows 9.
This is a huge project for Microsoft. Over a period of time, Internet Explorer has been criticized a lot allowing other browsers like Chrome and Firefox to rule the browsing site. But with Windows 10, the company has to do everything they can to prove users its web browser still relevant to access the internet.
Devices outnumber people. Windows is at a threshold and now it’s time for a new Windows. Microsoft is restoring some of the more traditional ways of doing things and promises that Windows 10 will be familiar for users regardless of which version of Windows they are now using.
Either way, we’re looking forward to see a recognition from Microsoft for lighter-weight browsers that shall compete Chrome and Firefox in the coming years.