Windows 10's Spartan browser will offer unique features to fend off the competition

Windows 10's Spartan browser will offer unique features to fend off the competition
Microsoft this year is launching a new version of Windows, which will be so important that Redmond decided to call it Windows 10, skipping the Windows 9 name altogether.

As reported last month, Windows 10 will come with a brand new browser codenamed Spartan (though Internet Explorer will still be included - for backward compatibility reasons). The Verge today has some interesting details about Spartan: the browser will offer features that competitors (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc) don’t have.

It’s said that one of the unique features of Spartan is “inking support” - this will enable users to make annotations on web pages with a stylus, and share the respective annotations with friends or colleagues. Another thing that Microsoft’s been working on is a new method of grouping tabs together: users will be able to separate, for example, work tabs from personal tabs.

Cortana, the personal digital assistant that's available on Windows Phone, will also be integrated with Spartan. Moreover, Microsoft pondered the idea of supporting custom themes in the new browser, and it might do it in future versions.

Spartan should be released as an app in Windows Store, having a similar look and feel on phones, tablets, and PCs. More about Windows 10 and Spartan (which, by the way, will most likely have a different moniker at launch) will be unveiled by Microsoft later this month, on January 21. Well, we're waiting!

source: The Verge

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20 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Apparently, you also will be able to split the screen in four and have different browsers running inside Spartan. The next windows 10 event can't come soon enough!

7. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Using the technical preview on Pro 3 and it is just great. Love how they got rid off the modern UI and included that into Start button. Looking forward to Spartan.

8. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Wait, Spartan is in the technical preview! I have it running in a virtual box. I need to try it now!

9. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Oh ok. But I couldn't find it ;)

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

They should just stick to standard. Do HTML 5 and do it well.

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

They are and actually are doing it better than even apple is. Read up on all the crap that webkit flags have done by being a defacto standard.

3. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I thought the reason to name it Windows 10 was because naming it 9 would have messed with legacy apps and such that may use 9x for 95/98, etc.

5. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

that is correct, it was for a technical reason, but they also spun it into a PR thing. They wanted to distance themselves far away from windows 8, which many people didn't like (I personally like it, as it is on my laptop from which I am typing this).

4. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

So, you get a Cortana with your Spartan. Will it all be integrated into Microsoft's new vehicle, the Warthog?

6. FakeMatt

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

As a web developer, all I care about is that they support the standards. If they can pull off those better than everyone else, I would be willing to use it. On the other hand, if they try to implement browser tie-ins that break the internet for everyone else, I will refuse to support it.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Like webkit? I mean having to write CSS two to three times cause of webkit is annoying. Aa a web developer, most would know that if you code for IE, currently, all 3 browsers work just fine.

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Well, I'm also waiting!

12. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Those two features mean jack squat if only windows users can use them.

13. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

oh yes,internet explorer for phones needed update anyway

14. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Okay, I'm a windows user on my 2 laptops, and I love windows .. specially 7 as 8 and 8.1 make no sense to me .. I like what I'm seeing here but man the name .. it spells loser all the way, I hope they'll name it something reasonable ..

16. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Yeah, coz TouchWiz sounds way better.

17. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

TouchWiz does not sound better and neither do tizen, but these are names only people like us care about, I'm pretty sure 90% don't know what the heck it is, or what is sense ui or etc. but this is a browser named spartan. " open spartan for me" "click on spartan" "check spartan" it'll be a common name, and it's not fun having it named like that and the naming seems so 2010 .. the movie and stuff .. why not a more traditional name for what's supposed to be a browser that seems to be better than even chrome?

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Because educated people know it more than just a movie. The term Spartan, or sparse. To tell of to do with little, etc, comes from Sparta. This includes their food, their homes, and their lifestyle. They did without. Considering the browser is stripping legacy code, it makes sense to call it Spartan. Of course it also pays homage to Halo. I mean seriously if all one can think of is movies, they just might better off using chrome or Firefox or...

20. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

lol, you know most of the world knows spartan sparta or whatever that is as a movie not as a creepy tribe that shared a region with the flinstones. I'm not a historian nor i give a shhh about an ancient civilization, the name is weird and reminds everyone of a movie, well except your "educated" genre who would savor the name spartan. Anyways a more "normal" name would've been better we all know that ..

15. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

The best thing about this is it includes the Dart VM and you can play 3D games in the browser and other 3D stuff like VR

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