Microsoft now is finally working on a brand new web browser which isn’t “Internet Explorer”. Codenamed Spartan, that could officially move the company away from Internet Explorer upon the launch of Windows 10.
Thomas Nigro, a Microsoft Student Partner lead and developer of the modern version of VLC, mentioned on Twitter earlier this month that he heard Microsoft was building a brand-new browser. Nigro said he heard talk of this during a December episode of the LiveTile podcast.
According to reports that the new app is not Internet Explorer 12, the next iteration of Microsoft’s longtime browser that we’d typically expect alongside another major Windows release.
Don’t expect to see Internet Explorer vanish, though. ZDNet says that IE 11 will still come bundled with Windows 10 for backward compatibility reasons, so Microsoft will in fact be shipping two browsers with its next big operating system. The next Windows 10 event is scheduled for January 21st; that’s when we expect to hear more about the software’s new consumer-facing features and Microsoft’s plans for Windows 10 on tablets and phones. Could this new web browser also be on the agenda? That’s still up in the air.
Will Microsoft end up porting the Spartan browser to Android, iOS and/or any other non-Windows operating systems? I’m not sure. The IE team said a few months back that Microsoft had no plans to port IE to any non-Windows operating systems. But Spartan isn’t IE. And these days, Microsoft is porting much of its software and services to non-Windows variants. So I’d say there’s a chance that this could happen somewhere down the line ….