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Microsoft working on a “lightweight” web browser for Windows 10: Report

Microsoft, which owns the Internet Explorer browser, is said to be working on a new web browser. Codenamed “Spartan,” the web browser is said to resemble the Chrome and Firefox and be the default

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Microsoft, which owns the Internet Explorer browser, is said to be working on a new web browser. Codenamed “Spartan,” the web browser is said to resemble the Chrome and Firefox and be the default web browser in the forthcoming operating system Windows 10, ZDNet reports.

As the name hints, Spartan will be a new “lightweight” browser which will utilize Microsoft’s Chakra JavaScript and Trident rendering engine as opposed to WebKit. It further clarifies that the Internet Explorer, which is the most widely used web browser on the desktop, will continue to co-exist with the new browser.

Mary Zo Foley citing her sources says that both Spartan and Internet Explorer 11 will be available on Windows 10. Furthermore, the new browser will be available for both mobile and desktop mobile devices running Windows 10.

 

The rumor that Microsoft is working on a new browser has been circulating for quite some time now. Earlier this month, Thomas Nigro, a Microsoft Student Partner and developer of VLC media player said that he had heard about Microsoft building a brand new browser in an episode of the LiveTile podcast. A report on Neowin earlier also claimed that the company was working on a new browser which would feel more like Chrome and Firefox and will support extensions.

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 unveil the Spartan web browser at the event as well. But Foley’s sources aren’t sure if the browser will be functional enough by then to be included in the Windows 10 January Technical Preview and mobile preview.

  • Published Date: December 30, 2014 10:36 AM IST