Microsoft is running a complete overhaul of their web browser because of their new operating system, Windows 10 being just around the corner.
Spartan is code name for the upcoming browser, not much had been released about the features included in the browser, until now since Neowin.com announced that there were certain leaked images yesterday of the web browser. That meant that those interested could piece some information together from the browser itself.
The first thing that was noticeable was the overall design has very clearly changed from the prior Internet Explorer look and looks a little more in line with the Google Chrome browser.
Standard tabs for the browser sit right above the search tool, but it has slightly more rounded edges in this new version.
There is minimalistic refresh, forward and back buttons to the side of the tabs. To the right of the bar there is a reading mode button and a button to reach favorite pages.
The reading mode capability strips all multimedia from the page, leaving just text so it is much easier to read. There are 3 small buttons; one with three dots used to get into the menu; a sharing button; and a folder access button all similar to the phone operating system Microsoft has.
A feature that will supposedly be included in the browser is notation capabilities, which will allow users to take notes and share them with someone straight from the webpage.
This is all thanks to OneDrive by Microsoft, indicating a push to get their cloud storage system up and running on many devices.
Once the file is shared their can be multiple notes made to the same document by users, kind of like Google Docs.
Siri’s counterpart and digital helper for the company, Cortana, will also be a big part of Spartan, the new web browser.
Although not visible yet in any of the screenshots that were released, the function will likely be triggered in a header icon.
Cortana is expected as well to replace all Bing searches in the web browser as well. The design is much more modern and it is not surprising that it looks similar to Chrome.
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