According to the latest StatCounter data, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer had an impressive December month in which it has retaken the browser lead from Google Chrome. There is no proper reason behind the massive usage spike and Statcounter is investigating whether this is due to some data calculation error. Internet Explorer currently holds about 40.17% of the market and Google Chrome owns about 29.97% of the market.
Last week, more information about the new web browser codenamed ‘Spartan’ which Microsoft is building started leaking on the web.
Find the summary of features that will be included in Spartan.
- Remember the Courier tablet video? An user can annotate a webpage or clip a webpage by marking it with stylus and share it with others. Spartan will include the same level of inking support that allows users to annotate a web page with a stylus and send the notes and annotations to a friend or colleague. Notes will be stored in user’s OneDrive and can be access from anywhere. As annotations are shared, multiple users can doodle on a web page and share edits and annotations between groups.
- Yes, previous reports on Spartan browser were correct. It will have Cortana integration. Since Cortana will surface information on flights, hotel bookings, package tracking, and other data, when a user tried to search something related to it, Cortana will directly provide the answer.
- Example: If you use Cortana to track a particular flight and start to search for “American Airlines” in the browser address bar, it will automatically display tracked flights and allow Spartan users to view the status of the flight directly. It’s a subtle addition, but you’ll also be able to access Cortana search directly from the new tab interface in Spartan. Cortana integration in the Spartan browser is planned to replace every instance of the existing Bing methods in Internet Explorer.
- There is a new way to group tabs to keep your browsing experience organized.
- Even though Microsoft was planning allow custom themes in Spartan browser, this feature may not make it into the first version.
- It will be a Windows Store app, so Microsoft can update it frequently.
- It will co-exist with Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer will be pre-installed as well due to compatibility issues.