As revealed in the Microsoft Windows 10 Event, Project Spartan’s purpose is to improve web browsing throughout all Windows 10 platforms. It is a new browser to replace Microsoft’s long used Internet Explorer, and will be included as part of the Windows 10 for PCs, phones and tablets alike. For Windows 7 or 8, however, it’s unclear whether Spartan will be available for them. As confirmed by Microsoft’s browser development team on Twitter, they are working on plans to support extensions “for a future update to Project Spartan”.
Currently, Internet Explorer 11 supports add-ons. However, if compared to the extensions being used in Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox, it’s different. The add-ons have relied on the ageing ActiveX technology to extend the functionality of Internet Explorer, and it does not have fully functional extensions for years.
Thus, Microsoft is now experimenting on ways to allow the Chrome extensions to be used in Spartan, as said by The Verge. The support for the extension may not be 100% similar to Chrome’s, but it is said that the results might be close.
As Microsoft has revealed, the new browser includes new features such as inking mode to annotate websites, reading mode features, and Cortana digital assistant integration. The new support for the extensions are most likely linked to plans from Microsoft to differentiate Spartan from Internet Explorer. This new browser will also use Edge – a new rendering machine.
This new rendering machine is similar to Trident – Microsoft’s existing engine that powers Internet Explorer 11. However, with the new rendering machine, it’s obvious that Microsoft is shifting from having to support legacy document modes.
As with new features, it seems that Microsoft is considering renaming Spartan. It was previously assumed that this new browser will be named Microsoft Spartan, but apparently not, as they are thinking of naming it to something that is more appealing.
According to reports, internal surveys are already being conducted to come up with possible names for this new browser. Pocketnow has reported that Microsoft has been experimenting with names that have the letter ‘e’. Possible names that are being surveyed includes Entourage, Elixa, Evo, Evex, and Edge.
Reports said that the new browser name will combine Microsoft, IE, or Internet Explorer. For example, the new browser name could be Internet Explorer Evo, or Microsoft Edge, or even Internet Explorer Elixa.
Of course, these are just speculations. They might have more names under their sleeves that we may not know and they might have other plans on naming them. But, let’s just hope that they do not bring back the name of Internet Explorer as it has been associated with several issues.
Based on the speculated new features, what do you think of the new browser? And what would you name the new browser of Microsoft? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below! Also, stay tuned with us as we will report more on this as soon as there are official updates!