After Cortana was leaked to be available in the upcoming Windows 10, rumours are suggesting that the digital assistant will also be making its way to the new browser codenamed Spartan. Other new features for the browser are also detailed, such as the ability to group multiple tabs and a lightweight design.
According to sources, Cortana will be integrated directly into Spartan. It will retain the same capabilities as the current version like bringing up information on flights, hotel bookings, and even package tracking. Other than that, Cortana is essentially replacing what Bing could do in Internet Explorer.
Spartan will also feature the ability to group tabs together for a cleaner look and easier tab management. In addition to that, The Verge mentioned that this new browser basically looks like a stripped down version of the Google Chrome browser. Hopefully, this translates to an improved image over the company’s infamous Internet Explorer.
Microsoft plans to make the browser look and feel as streamlined as possible across all platforms (PC, tablet, and smartphone), and it will be available as a Windows Store app. However, there is no word if a universal app for Spartan will be made available.
With news of Cortana already being built into the Windows 10 operating system, it is a mystery about why Microsoft is double-dipping with their AI assistant. Unless, Spartan is meant to appear on other platforms as well, and stealthily expand the Windows eco-system there. Hopefully, more details will surface come 21st January for the next Windows 10 event.
(Source: The Verge)