• Paul Fingleton

Windows 10: Microsoft's new browser confirmed, still doesn't have a name

The subject of much speculation over the last number of weeks has been confirmed by Microsoft during their "Next Chapter" Windows 10 event.

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The new browser, still going by the codename "Project Spartan" was revealed as a slick, streamlined web browsing experience with a number of tricks up it's sleeve.

Annotations: Doodle, highlight and notate any web page and share those notes with friends or colleagues.

Cortana Integration: Microsoft's personal digital assistant becomes more useful when browsing the web. So, if you start to type 'Weather' in the address bar, it will pop up the weather where you are - just in case. Or if it is tracking a flight for you, and you browse to the airline website, it can show you the flight details before you finish typing the address - just in case you were going to check the status of the flight.

Reading View: Technically not something new, as it was in the Modern IE in Windows 8.1 and Safari for a good while. It makes a welcome return in Spartan to remove the fluff from a web site and make it easier to read. This also adds offline viewing for the Reading List and PDF support, nice touches on a welcome feature.

Spartan will be available soon for Windows Insiders, but those with Windows Phone will have to wait a bit longer for the new browser to hit.

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