Microsoft Talks About Designing Project Spartan Web Browser In Windows 10

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Earlier today, Microsoft has released new Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10049 which includes Project Spartan. Project Spartan web browser puts the focus on the page, not the browser. This is part of Microsoft’s vision for a browser that doesn’t visually interfere with your life on the Web, but supports it.

Design Goals:

  • First, be an amazing browser – Browsers have been part of our computing experience long enough that core ideas about what a browser does and doesn’t do are fairly well-defined. Project Spartan has to deliver on what you expect from a browser – fast, more secure, reliable, power efficient – in the ways that you expect it (tabs, address bar, and so on).
  • Be bold and forward-looking –we recently talked about how we reexamined our assumptions about compatibility and interoperability, and how we made the decision to build a new rendering engine designed for the modern Web. You will see this tenet come to life in many ways in Project Spartan.
  • Ship fast, try new things, learn and always get better – Along with the rest of Windows 10, Project Spartan will be regularly updated, and the team is engaging with customers and partners closely to tune and update plans.

In the current build, Microsoft has included the following features in Project Spartan.

  • Cortana is built-in and ready to assist: Cortana in Project Spartan is a personal assistant that helps make Web browsing easier for you, with whatever you’re trying to get done. Cortana offers help at just the right moment, based on what she knows about the Web, about you and what you might be trying to do. She remains in the background but provides additional information when you need it, making browsing easier and more efficient. Cortana in Spartan will be available in the US versions of this build, and available more broadly later.
  • Inking and sharing so you can capture and communicate your thoughts: Everyone uses the Web routinely to share questions, thoughts, info and comments with friends and colleagues. Now with new inking capabilities, Project Spartan enables you to write or type directly on the page, comment on what’s interesting or clip what you want – then easily share this “Web Note” via mail, or a social network. Researching and collecting information from the Web is just as easy, as you can save your notes directly to OneNote.
  • Distraction-free reading with Reading List and Reading View: Keeping up with information overload on the Web is one of the challenges that we all have to manage.  Project Spartan helps with a beautiful new Reading List to collect everything you want to read, including the ability to save any webpage or PDF for convenient access later, and an integrated, distraction-free Reading View that keeps you focused on the content.
  • A new engine for the modern Web: Project Spartan’s new rendering engine is built around the idea that the Web “just works,” while being fast, more secure and more reliable. As we shared in our recent developer workshop, we made some changes to the rendering engine that you will see in this build.

Regarding enterprise customers and compatibility,

At the same time, we recognize that for some of our enterprise customers, it’s important they have the support they need and can continue to use Internet Explorer when and where they need it. This is why we will continue to make it easy for our enterprise customers to make Internet Explorer 11 the default browser via group policy. Internet Explorer 11 is supported on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 for all customers, also providing a consistent platform that’s great for enterprise Web apps.

Source: Microsoft