It appears that the current version of Microsoft’s Internet Browser, Internet Explorer 11 may be the last of it’s kind. This is big news if true. Microsoft’s next browser will more then likely be a lightweight, Chrome-like and Firefox-like browser. The new browser which is currently in development has the codename “Spartan” and is rumored to be making it’s premier on January 21. This will probably be a part of the already scheduled invitation-only event offering a peek at Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system. Sadly I have not been invited to this event… yet.
Spartan will likely ship alongside with Internet Explorer 11 when Microsoft releases Windows 10 in 2015, according to ZDNet. Windows 10 is the follow-up to the troubled Windows 8 operating system. I have been using this technical build and to date “Spartan” is not included, but that could change soon. In fact Windows 8 was so “troubled” that Microsoft skipped Windows 9 all together. Windows 10 is expected to roll out sometime after Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference beginning on April 29.
When Microsoft rolled out a preview build for Windows 10 in November, Microsoft announced “significant” interoperability updates for Internet Explorer. Those included more than 2,000 fixes for interoperability issues, support for 20 new platform features and a new architecture to promote interoperability and compatibility.
Released in the fall of 2013, IE 11 has enjoyed positive reviewers for speed, efficiency and standards compliance. These positive reviews for their internet browser has not been been the norm for Microsoft. Since the first version of the browser was released in 1995, however, IE has often acquired a negative reputation especially when compared to Chrome and Firefox.
This new re-branded internet browser, known as”Spartan” is another example of Microsoft’s recent adaptation to the current expectations of the tech public. However, it’s uncertain whether the rumored IE 11 successor might be “functional enough” to be included during the January 21 Windows 10 preview and may not show up in the test builds until some point later, according to ZDNet.