Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10 would launch with an entirely new web browser code-named Spartan, according to an anonymous report.
ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley has reported that this new browser is a total departure from the Internet Explorer mindset. She said that the “lightweight” browser would have a look and feel similar to that of Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers. But her sources also suggested that the new Spartan browser will be offered alongside IE when Windows 10 debuts next year.
While Chrome and Firefox lead on desktops and Apple’s Safari along with Chrome and Android’s default browser are smartphone browser leaders, Internet Explorer is no longer the force it once was. Once there was a time when IE handled about 90 percent of all web traffic on desktop and laptop machines, but according to research outfit Net Applications, its share has now dropped to 58 percent. On mobile, its share is less than 2 percent.
Spartan attempts to address both of these worlds, smartphone and desktops. Windows 10 is designed to be cross platform and would run across a wide range of devices and therefore, the new browser Spartan will be available on phones and tablets as well as laptops and desktops. It’s not clear up till now that whether Spartan will run on Android, Apple’s iOS or any other operating systems that compete with Windows, but there is a good chance that it might.