Microsoft’s Windows 10 may have new browser ‘Spartan’

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Microsoft is secretly developing a new web browser to replace Internet Explorer, it has been claimed. Experts say the new browser, codenamed Spartan, will be unveiled on January 21st when Microsoft shows off Windows 10 for the first time.

It is believed the new browser will look more like Google’s Chrome browser, and be faster than IE.

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Thomas Nigro, a Microsoft Student Partner lead and developer of the modern version of VLC a media playing app, claimed on Twitter earlier this month that he heard Microsoft was building a brand-new browser.

“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,” he tweeted.

Microsoft has not publicly set a firm timetable for the release of Windows 10, but only last week suggested the possibility of an earlier release.

The new browser in Windows 10 will be using Microsoft’s Chakra JavaScript engine and the Trident rendering engine. Apple’s Safari browser uses WebKit while Google Chrome uses a “fork” of the open-source software that is called Blink.

“Spartan” will be considered a “lightweight” browser, and is actually going to be made available on both the desktop and mobile devices in Windows 10.

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