Screenshots of Microsoft’s Project Spartan have surfaced online through an early review by a Russian tech site. It’s currently unclear which build of the browser is being used, but it does provide an interesting peek at what Microsoft is bringing to the table; and perhaps help answer the question of whether it is another Internet Explorer.
The settings page looks like it has quite a way to go before being completed. There are a few toggles for Favourites bar, detect phone numbers, and a homepage setting. Nothing quite out of the ordinary. One thing to note is how muted all the colours are. There is a lot of grey, while the tabs are surprisingly flat.
Some of the options in the tabs menu are still blocked, as is expected from an early build of any kind of software. None of the options should be surprising to people who use the internet, but it does show what kind of interface we’re dealing with. The tabs still have a Microsoft feel to them, although that isn’t too bad in this case.
Finally, there is a demonstration of the Cortana integration. Users are able to highlight a word and then select the ‘Ask Cortana’ option, which presumably gets the AI assistant to provide more information. There is no indication of Cortana voice activation in the browser, and it could be that Microsoft is simply leaving that matter for Cortana in Windows 10 to handle.