A new ‘lightweight’ browser that isn’t Internet Explorer
Microsoft is said to be at work on an all new web browser, codenamed Spartan, that could officially move the company away from Internet Explorer upon the launch of Windows 10. ZDNet reports that the new app is not Internet Explorer 12, the next iteration of Microsoft’s longtime browser that we’d typically expect alongside another major Windows release.
Don’t expect to see Internet Explorer vanish, though. ZDNet says that IE 11 will still come bundled with Windows 10 for backward compatibility reasons, so Microsoft will in fact be shipping two browsers with its next big operating system. The next big Windows 10 event is scheduled for January 21st; that’s when we expect to hear more about the software’s new consumer-facing features and Microsoft’s plans for Windows 10 on tablets and phones. Could this new web browser also be on the agenda? That’s still up in the air, withZDNet reporting that Spartan may not be far enough along in development for inclusion in beta Windows builds.