Microsoft’s worst kept secret right now is the new web browser that it has developed for Windows 10. Commonly known by its codename Spartan the browser is set to be publicly unveiled on January 21st when Microsoft shows the consumer version of Windows 10. The latest report on this web browser suggests that Spartan is going to replace the modern version of Internet Explorer.
Previous reports suggest that Spartan is going to be available on all of Microsoft’s platforms, like Windows 10 for smartphones and tablets, Windows 10 and even the Xbox at some point. It is unclear right now if Spartan will be released for rival platforms like OS X, iOS and Android as well.
It will be released as a Windows Store application which will replace the existing modern version of Internet Explorer available for Windows 8.1. Flash support will reportedly be present as well but that would vary based on the platform, PC users may get it, mobile users may not, but that’s just speculation at this point.
If the idea here is to shift people over from Internet Explorer then Spartan’s arsenal of features, which include Cortana integration and the ability to annotate on web pages, may work wonders. Furthermore the new browser’s user interface will reportedly be much better than IE, similar to Chrome and Firefox as per some accounts, so at least it will be able to win users’ curiosity if not their loyalty.