Last week, word leaked that Microsoft, which owns Internet Explorer browser, is working on a new web browser codenamed “Spartan” for its forthcoming Windows 10 operating system. The web browser is said to resemble Chrome and Firefox browsers and comes with many handy features. Sources have now revealed some of those features to The Verge, and from the list, it looks Spartan will have a few features that aren’t available in other browsers.
The biggest addition to Spartan will be its integration with Microsoft’s digital voice assistant. According to the publication, the company intends to use Cortana to provide information on bookings, flights, hotel, package tracking, and other data in within the browser. This is something which we have seen in Google Now, except that Microsoft wants to stream these data on the browser.
The Spartan will allow users to annotate webpage with a stylus and give an option to quickly share notes and annotations with a friend or a colleague. It will be powered by Microsoft’s cloud storage service OneDrive.
The other interesting feature is a new way Spartan will group together the tabs. The company has plans to de-clutter the messy interface as number of tabs grows. The browser will allow users to group together and separate work tabs from personal tabs.
How Microsoft plans to push Spartan across different operating system
Spartan will be the default browser in Windows 10. But as ZDNet previously reported, the company will still ship Internet Explorer to the desktop operating system to offer legacy compatibility. Report also claims that at some point, Microsoft will turn the Spartan browser into a universal app, and release the browser on Windows Phone and Windows 8 tablets as well. Once that happens, all the Spartan browser versions will receive updates regularly and boast identical features.
The company has an event scheduled for January 21 where it is expected to showcase some consumer-oriented features of the forthcoming Windows 10 operating system. The company could also officially acknowledge Spartan web browser at the event.