Project Spartan

Seems like Microsoft meant business when it promised the regular arrival of Windows 10 builds, and all that is happening now. It had been two weeks since the release of last build, and the company has released another build, number 10049, today. The users who are under the “fast track” of the Windows Insider program, welcome the new code. For the users who are on the slow paced cycles, wait is on the cards. However, users can change the ring setting in order to fetch the new tools readily. (This build is all about Project Spartan. It is not the one that will support Windows Phone handsets)

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There are some changes in this version, as it includes Microsoft’s latest, predecessor-free browser, codenamed Project Spartan. This is the first preview for the new browser, with its curtailed, similar to Chrome interface with Cortana integration.

Being the first preview, it does not include all the utilities, features such as history and downloads are not accessible yet. However, there are plenty of major features that enter the arena with Spartan, such as, annotations and notes on Web content, reading mode, and Cortana, all these features are available to some extent.

Keeping in sync with earlier previews of Cortana, which were limited geographically, Spartan’s Cortana will primarily work in the US only. While announcing the latest build, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, stressed that it is “NOT a polished, ready-for-everyone release,” and will be held to add on features and improvements before it is available broadly. Also, the existing issues with the Windows build means that many Program Insiders might want to stay with the “slow track”.

Spartan will take up as the default browser for Windows 10. In accordance with the Windows 10 guideline, Spartan, will be pinned to the start screen and task bar by default. Although, Internet Explorer 11 will still be exist, but, users have to search for it.

The latest build should bring in necessary changes in the browser’s contributing engine that was announced by Microsoft last week. The company’s primary layout for Windows 10 was for Project Spartan to be successful in shifting to the Internet Explorer “Trident” rendering engine whenever needed, and likewise, for Internet Explorer to be successful in employing the new Spartan “Edge” rendering engine when required.

The new layout is focused on Project Spartan to exclusively offer the Edge engine and for Internet Explorer to only employ the Trident engine. In various ways it acts as a clear distinguish between the browsers, Internet Explorer is primarily the heritage browser, which is used only when its old sites, old browser toolbars and ActiveX extensions are required to be opened, while Project Spartan is the new-age regular browser that will overcome the compatibility issues with new sites.

As a conclusion, compatibility of Internet Explorer with old sites will still be in use, but, the modern engine of Spartan will be used for regular browsing. In order to be in sync with user’s requirements, Microsoft’s admin tools will ensure that Internet Explorer is automatically switched for old URLs.

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