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Windows 10 May Have a New Browser in Addition to Internet Explorer

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Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system is shaping up to be a worthy successor to Windows 7, if the technical preview is anything to go by. Recently a new rumor has appeared that is rather interesting, as it looks like Windows 10 may not use Internet Explorer when the OS arrives in 2015. There has been a "Spartan" Web browser in the talks for a while, which many just thought was a codename for Internet Explorer 12. However, it may be a brand new browser in its own right, with Microsoft designing it to more resemble Chrome and Firefox than IE. It should be based on Microsoft's Chakra JavaScript engine and Trident rendering engine, with even two versions of Trident in the works for two different browsers.

When Windows 10 arrives in full, it could very well have Internet Explorer 11 for backwards compatibility, and then Spartan for the new offering. Remember, Spartan is just its codename, with the folks in Redmond more than likely figuring out what best fits with the new browser. Microsoft may want to distance itself from any negative connotations with the IE name, so making a new browser with a new name would be the best option for Windows 10.

There is a chance we'll receive our first look at Spartan when Microsoft reveals more of Windows 10 on January 21, but it could also be a little too early for that. It could also be too early for the Windows 10 January Technical Preview update, with an early build of Spartan arriving in February or March. Whatever the case may be, we may finally see an end (or at least the beginning of the end) to Internet Explorer when Windows 10 launches.

Source: ZDNet



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That_Guy on December 30, 2014 04:18PM
I see the logic behind it. Any new iteration of IE causes people to have same reaction, like "LOL zomg it's IE lolol!" by being related to the older versions. The upcoming browser may not necessarily be entirely new but name change may lure users to give it a shot and possibly sticking with it. Anyhow, good marketing move. I hope it delivers in the features, speed and reliability areas to compete with Chrome.

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