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.
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.
Ok so Microsoft is about to launch a new browser that’s not Internet Explorer and will be the default browser in Windows 10. Wow.
— Thomas Nigro (@ThomasNigro) December 18, 2014
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.