Internet Explorer had essentially been a household name right from the time we started using the internet. But the trouble plagued browser is all set to make way for Spartan, a light weight cross-device browser for Windows 10. With the launch of Windows 10 release preview on 21st this month, Microsoft finally made official that Spartan will be the next, cutting edge web browser for Windows 10 devices, along with the unveiling of Cortona and HoloLens. For quite sometime, Internet Explorer has gained
some notoriety for being clumsy and sluggish and was at the gunpoint of web developers for being inefficient. Though Windows tried to regain momentum and support, it was not quite successful. But Internet Explorer 11 will still be retained in Windows 10 for the sake of backward compatibility and hence Windows 10 will ship with both IE and Spartan so that the transition is comfortable.
According to web technology analytics firm NetMarketShare, IE's market share in the mobile area has done really poorly, at a meagre 2.27% compared to Chromium's 23.65% and Safari's 43.76%. And since Microsoft wants to rebuild itself in this age of mobile computing rather than being seen as a previous decade, desktop oriented tech company, it is necessary that Spartan be the game changing trump card for Windows.
Spartan will contain a redesigned UI, so that it feels distraction free rather than what IE is. The most notable feature is an easy annotation support using a stylus and an easy option to sync those notes with OneDrive, Windows' cloud storage service to combat rivals Dropbox. And Spartan comes integrated with Cortona (oh I am so in love with her), enabling users to search the web more easily and effectively.
Microsoft did not make it clear whether Internet Explorer will be entirely killed or not. This brings it one more step closer in the web browsing area to combat rivals Google's Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox and Apple's Safari with Spartan. Now let the fight between the browsers begin!