Microsoft Said To Be Secretly Working On A New Web Browser To Replace IE

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Rumours are rife that software giant Microsoft is secretly working on a new web browser to replace Internet Explorer. According to experts, the new browser, which is codenamed Spartan, will be launched on January 21 when the company is expected to display its Windows 10 for the very first time.

The report also said that the new browser will look more like Google Chrome, and is expected to be faster than the Internet Explorer.

“Microsoft is building a new browser, codenamed Spartan, which is not IE 12 — at least according to a couple of sources of mine,’ said Mary Jo Foley of ZDNET.”


Thomas Nigro, a Microsoft Student Partner lead and developer of the modern version of VLC a media playing app, also claimed on Twitter earlier in December that he heard Microsoft was building a brand-new browser.

“However, if my sources are right, Spartan is not IE 12.

“Instead, Spartan is a new, light-weight browser Microsoft is building.”

To ensure compatibility with all websites, experts are of the view that Windows 10 will ship with both Spartan and Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft has concluded all plans to display its next major version of its Windows software at a date in January at its Redmond HQ, where Trident could be revealed according to the Daily Mail.

Nevertheless, it is accepted that the release has been pushed forward until after fall of 2015. This was also confirmed by the Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner, who was quoted to have told Japanese news service Nikkei on Wednesday that the new system is expected out “early next fall.”

The company has however, not come out publicly to set a definite timetable for the release of Windows 10; however, Microsoft had last week suggested the possibility of an earlier release.

The display, which is expected on January 21, will have in attendance, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Windows execs Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore, and Xbox chief Phil Spencer will be speaking, and will be streamed live.

It will focus on the “Windows 10 consumer experience,” a spokesperson of the company has revealed.

On why the company decided to jump to Windows 10 and not call its latest release Windows 9, Terry Myerson said:

“There’s about one and a half billion people using Windows today.

“Devices outnumber people.

“Windows is at a threshold and now it’s time for a new Windows.

“Our new Windows must be built from the ground up for a mobile first, cloud first world.

“It wouldn’t be right to call it Windows 9.”

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