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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jan 10, 2015

Quick Look At New Features In 'Spartan' - Microsoft's Brand New Browser

Everybody knows that Microsoft's working on a brand new web browser. Codenamed 'Spartan', the browser will be integrated with upcoming Windows 10 operating system. It's no wonder that Microsoft will make sure it builds a browser that attracts web developers and end users around the world; otherwise Microsoft's chances of survival in the web-browser markets are bleak. Source closer to the browser development at Microsoft have revealed to TheVerge cool new features Spartan will have. Here's an overview of what Microsoft's engineers are working on -

Microsoft's radical plan to overhaul the browser includes 'Web notes' feature. This feature will allow users to write notes on web-pages and share these notes with other users. These notes can be written using stylus or on-screen keyboard. These notes will be stored on OneDrive cloud storage service offered by Microsoft and accessible from various browsers and platforms, both mobile and desktop. Multiple users will also be able to doodle on any web-page and share these doodles within a group or even with other groups.

Another interesting, but not very surprising feature will be the addition of Cortana - the digital assistant developed by Microsoft that accepts voice inputs from user and then displays or reads out the information gathered using Bing search service. For example, you can command Cortana to get your latest flight status and Cortana will fetch you the correct results. Cortana will be accessible from the tab interface as well. Other smaller features will include smart grouping of tabs to keep the interface clutter free. For example, the Spartan will keep tabs with casual browsed websites grouped separately from work related ones. There are rumours that this feature may not be available in the initial versions of the browser and may be introduced in future revisions. There will also be the option of custom themes so that you can personalise your entire browsing experience to your own tastes.

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The Spartan is expected to be the 'one browser' for PCs, laptops, tablets and phones. It will continue to co-exist with Internet Explorer in Windows 10 - a decision Microsoft took keeping compatibility in mind. In terms of looks, it's expected that Spartan will mimic the look of simplified Chrome and is being engineered to be very lightweight. We do not know whether Microsoft will keep the browser confined to Windows or also release versions for other desktop based operating systems.

We'd love to know what are your expectations from Microsoft's upcoming, brand new browser? Do you think it will have the might to take on the Chrome and Firefox?
Anoop Kumar
Anoop Kumar • Jan 10, 2015
I am expecting to download Chrome/Firefox much faster now than sluggish IE ☕ .
And as a web developer...
One more code block to filter, isSpartanBrowser to do some crap coding. 😨

They are keep saying right from IE9 that this browser is going to best one. But in fact IE9/IE10 and even IE11 is totally crap. Changing name of crap will not change it's behaviour. 👎
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jan 10, 2015
@Anoop Kumar - Don't give them a thumbs down just yet. I bet Microsoft knows what all stuff they got wrong and are likely to make the lives of the developers easier.
Its nice ti know that Microsoft has some plans to stay in race but it should be super good to win
Gad
Gad • Jan 10, 2015
Maybe this time they'll come up with a good product.
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jan 10, 2015
The best browser may not always win. It's the perception of the web developers that matters the most. If they adopt and optimise their websites for the new browser, Microsoft will be back in the game. I hope Microsoft will release the browser across various platforms including Linux flavors and OSX as well.

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