— IE Dev Chat (@IEDevChat) January 27, 2015
During the Windows 10 press event, Microsoft revealed the brand new browser, codenamed “Project Spartan” which they have been working since last year. This new browser is designed for Windows 10 devices to offer more interoperable, reliable, and discoverable experience with advanced features including the ability to annotate on web pages, a distraction-free reading experience, and integration of Cortana for finding and doing things online faster. It will be single browser that works across devices ranging from smartphones to Surface Hub. One important information is that, it will co-exist with Internet Explorer. Microsoft will have two engines in Spartan, one will be used for rendering modern websites and the other engine for legacy enterprise web sites.
During a Q&A session, IE team confirmed that they are working on extensions support for Spartan web browser. This new feature will be included in the upcoming builds. Recently, Neowin reported that Spartan browser will have support for Chrome browser extensions. Developers can port the Chrome browser extensions to Spartan browser with minimal changes. This approach makes sense because thousands of developers need not rewrite their extensions for new browser. This would also make the new Spartan browser attractive to users who are used to Chrome browser with some specific extensions.