Microsoft shows off Spartan browser for Windows 10 phones

Microsoft shows off Spartan browser for Windows 10 phones
Yesterday, when Microsoft showcased Windows 10, it also provided an early look at its brand new browser, currently codenamed Spartan. However, it didn't properly show us what the browser would look like on phones. Thankfully, today we can get a first glimpse at Spartan for phones, as two screenshots have been revealed via one of Microsoft's official blogs.

As you'd expect after seeing yesterday's preview, the new browser has a clean, flat user interface, seemingly supporting both dark and light themes (which we'll probably be able to switch with ease). Spartan is developed as a single browser for all Windows 10 devices, from PCs (with or without touch-enabled screens) to tablets and, of course, smartphones. That's why the Spartan features showcased yesterday - including Cortana integration, the ability to take notes on your screen, and a new reading mode - will be available on Windows 10-based phones.

Even if you're going to test Windows 10 before its official release (as part of Microsoft's insider program), you won't be able to use Spartan yet, as this is likely not going to be launched before summer. But at least it's coming this year.

source: Microsoft via Windows Central



1. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

looks solid. then again, just about anything is going to be an upgrade from what we had.

2. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Not bad looking . Hope its a big leap forward from internet explorer on windows phone , it is rubbish

3. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Microsoft really believe in that nonsense os they have

4. saucexD

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

The OS isnt that bad as everyone makes it out to be... more Apps and it would be better.

13. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Wtf you are talking about, the os only have 5% market share

15. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

so that makes it bad? just because it lacks market share, doesn't make it a bad OS. It's a great OS. but then again, that's completely subjective. as is everything else in life.

19. saucexD

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

What is the market share of Tesla, Bugatti, Ferrari, Maseratti, Rolls Royce, etc?

21. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

The price of a WP handset don't have NOTHING to do with a Luxury product that's why its bad so your comparaison just sucks

23. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

It's actually 3.5%

14. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

We don't need more apps. We need universal & good first party apps :)


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

You think Windows is a nonsense OS, i think you are talking nonsense! Millions and Millions PC's, Laptops, Servers etc etc are running Windows! You must be a Android or Apple fan boy, you don't know what you are talking about!

5. jjjsong

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

oh no, they moved the address bar to the top! It was very convenient when it's at the bottom (from my most recent windows phone experience).

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also why are there two bars now That takes up too much space on ~5" screens Just have them all in the bottom bar (or top bar)

27. showtime_tech

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 11, 2011

Don't forget the settings probably has the option to go full screen like most browsers.

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

looks like grbage..... IE plox... but the desktop app not the metro tile applicaition shizzel

8. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

I find that the address bar is more convenient at the bottom.

17. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

i want tab interface like chrome

9. 51things

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

i'll be googling with this browser

10. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Still using IE engine. But of course a different name. Doesn't matter as long as it does its job properly and fast.

12. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

New rendering engine, without versioned document mode. So no, not using the same IE engine...

11. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Safari looks much better than this crap!

16. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Interested and excited to use it once. If I like and it has better user experience then Spartan is my browser.

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

But wasnt IE on WP pretty good anyway? I mean wasn't the main problem the desktop version?

22. rowdysheeter

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

not directly related to this article, but still: what does "(Windows is) FREE - for ONE year" mean?

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If you have windows 7 and above, you get to get win10 for free the first year it is out and free support for the life of your device. If you wait past that year you have to pay to upgrade. Its basically a free year for everyone to jump to the new OS, giving them a free upgrade.

25. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Basically what elitewolverine said below. MS was disappointed with Windows 8/8.1 adoption so they are giving Windows 10 as a free upgrade to 7 and 8/8.1 users. If you wait for more than a year you'll have to pay an upgrade fee, probably around 40$. And it is definitely not a "trial" period as some people have said. Once you upgrade you get full support and not just for a one year period. People were saying you would be able to use it free for a year and than pay yearly subscription like Office 365, but that is not the case.

29. rowdysheeter

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

thanks for the replies.

26. LessThanDoug

Posts: 54; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Hope they stopped trying to fake websites into thinking its an iOS device. There's so many websites 8.1 screwed up, websites I had no problem viewing on 8.

28. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Havent had type of issue, what website messes up for you?

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