Later this month Microsoft is due to show off the consumer version of Windows 10. It has been reported multiple times already that the new operating system is also going to bring a completely new web browser known right now by its codename “Spartan.” Internet Explorer wouldn’t go anywhere it seems but Spartan will be a new offering that has support for extensions and a minimal, cleaner user interface.
An alleged screenshot of the Spartan browser was recently leaked online. Today an additional image claiming to show off some of the browser’s design elements have appeared online. It merits mentioning here that these might be old pre-release builds so the browser could look radically different when its opened up to the public.
The image was posted online by Neowin. As reported many times the user interface is quite similar to Chrome and Firefox, miles away from the Internet Explorer user interface that many Windows users are familiar with. The images are blurry and small but the scribe repeatedly claims they show the “actual UI from Spartan.”
From the description it appears that squared tabs will sit above the URL bar with each tab having an X icon for quick close. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Underneath the first tab are forward, back and refresh buttons.
At the end of the URL bar there’s a star for bookmarking and a “reading mode” which strips extra content off the page and brings up written content neatly for easy reading. The Spartan browser is said to run in a borderless window so content stretches from edge to edge.
Microsoft hasn’t confirmed or denied that its working on an entirely new web browser, its unlikely the company will say anything before it announces Windows 10 for consumers later this month.