Microsoft introduced its new browser which premiers in the next version of Windows operating system. With Windows 10 Microsoft is moving on from Internet Explorer to the new and faster flagship browser code-named Project Spartan. The new browser will allow will give users the ability to annotate anywhere on the web and write comments along with some other options currently utilized within a Word document.
Internet Explorer is not going away completely, but Microsoft is shifting its focus to a brighter future with the new browser. Although Project Spartan will coexist on some Windows 10 platforms, it will not be connected with the Internet Explorer brand. One of the added features associated with Project Spartan is a new reading mode; something Apple’s brand has used for quite a while.
It is officially the end of a “browser” era for Microsoft which launched the Internet Explorer nearly two decades ago. Over the years the browser slowly but surely became a nuisance to workers’ everyday lives. It was great in its season but due to increasingly advanced browser systems, it has become outdated with its series of security flaws.
According to BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis, many believe the company is lagging in areas. In order to eliminate that perception they are retiring some brands. Gillis added:
Microsoft is making compelling software right now, software as good as Google and Apple.
At one point Internet Explorer dominated about 80 percent of shares for the browser market. After the explosion of mobility, its shares dwindled to 30 percent; it simply was not as compatible with mobile devices as its competitors. As competition arose from Apple’s Safari, Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers, the technology company has continuously struggled to revive the Internet Explorer brand.
Project Spartan is the next generation browser for Microsoft’s Windows 10. The technology giant has promised to continue to make Internet Explorer available for customers and enterprises that require legacy browser support. Project Spartan was developed with the mobile experience in mind and will run on personal computers, tablets and phones.
In addition to the new reading mode, Microsoft pointed out a few other dominant features of Project Spartan. The new browser comes with the ability to annotate webpages directly on the browser which can be synced across multiple devices by way of OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud service. OneDrive is one of the most notable features of the company’s well-known Surface devices.
Another noteworthy feature of Project Spartan is Cortana. Previously the personal voice assistant that is built into the browser system was only available to mobile Windows users. With Windows 10, Cortana will only appear when its presence might be needed. The demo displayed Cortana in operation as a user visited a restaurant’s webpage. Cortana popped up and offered to assist with things such as contact information, directions, reservations and hours of operation.
Project Spartan’s design for its new browser aims for simplicity but comes packed with power. It features a new engine that will empower the next generation of Windows users on Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft’s efforts to create a new browser is leading the company in the right direction. Once Windows 10 hits stores, Project Spartan is something many users will forward to.
by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)