Template:Infobox web browser "Spartan" is the codename of a web browser in development by Microsoft. Officially unveiled on January 21, 2015, it is expected to be bundled with Windows 10 alongside Internet Explorer.
In December 2014, writing for ZDNet, technology writer Mary Jo Foley reported that Microsoft was developing a new web browser codenamed "Spartan" for Windows 10. She claimed that "Spartan" would be treated as a new product separate from Internet Explorer, with Internet Explorer 11 retained alongside it for compatibility reasons.
In early-January 2015, The Verge obtained further details surrounding "Spartan" from sources close to Microsoft, including reports that it would replace Internet Explorer on both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10. Microsoft officially unveiled "Spartan" during a Windows 10-focused keynote on January 21, 2015.
"Spartan" will serve as the default browser on both the PC and mobile device versions of Windows 10. "Spartan" uses a new "Edge" layout engine forked from Trident that is "designed for interoperability with the modern web". The new "Edge" engine will be used by default across Windows 10, and pages can be rendered in the previous MSHTML engine for backwards compatibility with enterprise-specific websites and software.
"Spartan" does not support legacy technologies such as ActiveX and Browser Helper Objects, and will instead utilize an extension system. Internet Explorer will remain available alongside "Spartan" on Windows 10 for use in scenarios requiring IE-specific functionality, and will use the same dual-engine configuration as "Spartan".
"Spartan" will integrate with Microsoft's online platforms: it integrates with the Cortana digital assistant to provide voice control, search functionality, and dynamic, personalized information related to searches within the address bar. Users can make annotations to web pages that can be stored to and shared with OneDrive. It also integrates with the "Reading List" function to sync content between devices, and provides a "Reading Mode" that strips unnecessary formatting from pages to improve their legibility.
- ↑ Microsoft is building a new browser as part of its Windows 10 push. CBS Interactive. Retrieved on 8 January 2015.
- ↑ Windows 10’s new browser will have the most advanced features ever. Retrieved on 8 January 2015.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Microsoft officially announces Project Spartan, its new web browser for Windows 10. Retrieved on 21 January 2015.
- ↑ Microsoft's Spartan browser: What's under the hood. CBS Interactive. Retrieved on 23 January 2015.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Living on the Edge – our next step in helping the web just work. Microsoft. Retrieved on 23 January 2015.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Project Spartan and the Windows 10 January Preview Build. Microsoft. Retrieved on 23 January 2015.
- ↑ Microsoft reveals its Internet Explorer successor will support extensions. Vox Media. Retrieved on 28 January 2015.
- ↑ Benchmark Deep-Dive: Microsoft Windows 10 Spartan Browser vs. IE11 vs. Google Chrome 41 vs. Mozilla Firefox. Retrieved on 9 February 2015.