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At its ongoing Build conference, Microsoft has given us the long-awaited final name for its Project Spartan Web browser: Microsoft Edge. It's simple, and it might seem familiar: EdgeHTML is the name of the rendering engine the browser will be using. I don't think Edge has as much "zing" as Spartan does, but, it could be a lot worse. While Microsoft Edge looks no different than Project Spartan, Microsoft has continued to do a great job of showing it off: While the interface might look the same, there was one thing announced that I'd consider to be huge: plugins created for either Chrome or Firefox just need a few edits to drop into Edge. In an example shown, a plugin called reddit Enhancement... Read more...
Microsoft is giving Internet Explorer and Project Spartan browser users a heads up that in future releases, the Do Not Track feature will no longer be enabled by default. On the surface (no pun intended), Microsoft's reasoning for the change is that enabling the privacy feature by default only encourages websites to ignore the setting and use tracking cookies anyway.It's not such an odd leap of logic, and it's one that the World Wide Web Consortium (WC3) agrees with. As WC3 explains, sending a signal to disable tracking "MUST reflect the user's preference, not the choice of some vendor, institution, site, or network-imposed mechanism outside the user's control." So when no user choice exists... Read more...
IT'S HERE! After months of waiting, Microsoft has finally rolled out a preview build with the new Spartan Web browser baked-in. Was it worth the wait? Well, that depends entirely on whether or not you were actually anticipating it. For some, it will be another browser they'll ignore, and admittedly, even after I played around with it for a bit, I'll go back to my trusty Chrome (well, it's almost hard to call it 'trusty' nowadays.)As surprising as it might sound, there's actually not too much to talk about at this point, because we already learned about all of the features packed into Spartan at the end of January. It is important to note that everything (I can think of, at least)... Read more...
Microsoft released its first public build of Windows 10 for smartphone on February 12. While Windows Phone users were excited at the prospects of testing out Microsoft’s next generation mobile operating system on their existing hardware, many were disappointed by the fact that so few devices were actually supported — only six devices were initially supported. Well get ready, because Microsoft is about to turn those frowns upside down. In a posting on Blogging Windows, Microsoft’s Gabe Aul confirmed that the second public beta of Windows 10 would include a much larger list of supported devices. There are still some notable absences (like the Lumia 930, which isn’t supported currently due to a... Read more...
Windows 10 is due out this summer and enthusiasts around the globe are positively excited for its release. After all, Windows 8.x hasn’t exactly been a resounding success for Microsoft and Windows 10 looks to solve the software giant’s OS woes while at the same time adding new features that make users more productive. One of the most anticipated new features in Windows 10 is the Spartan web browser, which will replace the long-serving Internet Explorer. We’ve seen Spartan in action on the desktop/notebook front, but we’re now getting a closer look at Spartan in action on the mobile side thanks to some newly leaked screenshots. (All images courtesy WindowsMania.pl) Perhaps the biggest change with... Read more...
It seemed inevitable, but last week, we received confirmation that Microsoft would in fact be killing off Internet Explorer at some point. The death won't happen with Windows 10, however, as the browser is still relied-upon in the enterprise market. Given that, we might not even see it be retired in Windows 11 -- the enterprise world can move at a snail's pace when it comes to software upgrades. Regardless of all that, what's been certain for a while is that Project Spartan would become the primary browser in Windows 10, sporting a brand-new Trident engine fork called EdgeHTML. While it was once believed that both browsers in Windows 10 would bundle in both the EdgeHTML and IE-based Trident... Read more...
Microsoft is on track to release the final version of Windows 10 to the public this summer, but in the mean time, the company is issuing another Technical Preview build for enthusiast to install. Microsoft has taken its sweet time to push out Build 10041, with it coming nearly two months after the launch of the initial Windows 10 Technical Preview. “We are continuing to learn and evolve the Windows Insider program as we go, and your feedback is helping us to shape the program as well as Windows 10 itself,” writes Microsoft’s Gabe Aul on Blogging Windows. “Over the past couple of weeks we heard feedback from you that some wanted less frequent but more stable builds, while others preferred faster... Read more...
While most of us are waiting for a successor to Windows 10 build 9926, the folks at WinBeta managed to secure some time with the pre-release build -- one that happens to include Microsoft's much-anticipated Spartan Web browser. While there's not a whole lot that's new to glean from this preview, there are many hints that Spartan could in fact become a serious contender in the browser market. As covered before, Microsoft's AI assistant Cortana will integrate with Spartan to help improve user browsing. Because the feature is so well hidden until you use it, you don't actually have to opt-in -- you can just take advantage of it if you want to. It's a very clean design overall, and while I hate to... Read more...
It looks like Microsoft's up-and-coming Web browser Spartan could be soon hitting our Windows 10 preview builds. Chinese website ITHome managed to get its hands on the 10009 build, which is said to have been compiled in late January -- mere days after the rest of us got the massive 9926 build. We're not too what else build 10009 is going to bring to the table, but honestly, it could only add the Spartan browser and still be considered a massive update. It's not clear at this point if this version of Spartan has proper Cortana support, but we can see that it has "Reading Mode", which allows you to read any online article like a book. We can also glean from the screenshots that Microsoft is... Read more...
When we reported on the release of Microsoft's latest preview build last week, we mentioned that while Cortana made an entrance, the much-anticipated Spartan browser did not. But little did we realize that some of Spartan made the cut, in the form of an experimental rendering engine hidden under IE's hood. As we learned in late December, Microsoft has separated its Trident engine into two separate versions: one is for Spartan, now called EdgeHTML, while the other remains with Internet Explorer. The reason Microsoft doesn't simply forego the lesser version is due to compatibility, which is hugely important in the enterprise sector. If you're running the Windows 10 9926 build, chances... Read more...
After having its name besmirched following the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft hit it out of the park with its follow-up: Windows 7. Microsoft then developed Windows 8 to appease two distinct markets — PCs and tablets — with one operating system, resulting in significant backlash from critics and consumers. Microsoft hopes to distance itself from Windows 8.x not just in name (notice how they skipped Windows 9), but by also ensuring that PC users are not left in the cold to accommodate tablet users (and vice versa). Windows 10 will bring with it a wealth of new functionality to users, including the lightweight ‘Spartan’ Internet browser that we first told you about in late December. Spartan... Read more...