|Microsoft Planning A New Browser|
|Written by Alex Armstrong|
|Tuesday, 30 December 2014|
There is a rumor, but with an impecable source, doing the rounds at the moment - Microsoft is going to introduce a new browser as part of Windows 10.
IE is the browser we all love to hate, if only because of the terrible waste of time and effort IE6 caused. Of course IE10 and 11 aren't anywhere near as bad as IE6, and Microsoft has come a long way in making up for the damage, but IE still carries a lot of legacy baggage with it.
Few other details are available, apart from the suggestion that Spartan will have Chrome-like tabs and support extensions of an unspecified technology. Overall the rumor is that Spartan will look like more like Chrome and Firefox than IE.
We probably should regard the "Spartan" code name as being part of the desire to make a small efficient browser - isn't this how every new browser starts out? For example, both Chrome and Firefox were once small and fast, but over time browsers simply acrete the clutter that is needed to support so many standards and options.
IE has a lot more clutter than most. As well as the standards that the others have to support, it has to be backward compatible with the "standards" that Microsoft thought up - most notably ActiveX. Could this be a chance for Microsoft to ditch all of its old browser technologies? If not, then it probably isn't taking full advantage of a restart. On the same lines, why stick with Trident and Chakra? It would be much cheaper in the long run to drop them in favor of open source engines. I doubt that Microsoft will go that far, but it should.
In the first instance at least, whatever Spartan turns out to be it will most likely be a rebranding exercise - if only to test the waters.
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|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 December 2014 )|