A report has surfaced that claims Microsoft is putting effort into building a new web browser that will be included with the upcoming Windows 10. Codenamed Spartan, the browser is intended to look more like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome; both of which control a large portion of the web browser market.
It is no secret that Internet Explorer is a bit of a joke among tech enthusiasts; and while it has had some improvements over the last few years, has suffered with the stigma against the name. However, ZDnet is claiming that this new browser will not actually replace Internet Explorer, but will be offered alongside IE 11 in the next version of Windows. Sources say that IE 11 will be included for backward compatibility, although what that implies is worrying.
The Spartan browser maybe be shown off during the reveal of Windows 10 on 21 January, but there is some doubt that it will be ready for the release of the Technical preview which is expected in early 2015. There is also some speculation that the browser would work on other operating systems, especially since Microsoft has already been pushing Office to more platforms to expand its reach. It is hard to say if that extends to Spartan, but it does not look likely that non-Windows platforms will be part of the initial release plan.