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Microsoft Edge is official name for ‘Project Spartan’ web browser

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Microsoft Edge is official name for ‘Project Spartan’ web browser

Microsoft has officially confirmed the name for its new web browser, and it’s called Microsoft Edge.

The browser is due to be officially unveiled on Windows 10, when the new operating system eventually launches in late July.

We’ve already seen the new browser quite extensively, although it was revealed under its codename ‘Project Spartan’ until now.

Speaking at the Build 2015 developer conference, Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s Corporate VP of operating systems, announced the new branding.

It’s not a great idea to keep saying Project Spartan when that’s not really the name,” Belfiore joked.

The OS lead confirmed that Microsoft Edge ‘will be available on the widest range of Windows 10 devices’.

Microsoft Edge is set to be a slicker, more refined successor to Internet Explorer, and will launch as the default browser on Windows 10.

“It is a browser than end users will think about for getting things done,” Belfiore said, speaking at the company’s annual developer conference.

Related: Windows 10 release date

The browser comes with a host of new features, including web-page doodling, live tab previews, and, most excitingly, Cortana integration.

This integration means that Microsoft Edge can learn ‘the things you care about and [help] you get things done’, Belfiore explained.

Amusingly, the Microsoft Edge browser also uses an ‘E’ icon for the taskbar, just like Internet Explorer. However, Belfiore said this has a ‘completely different and better meaning than it has for a while’.

Jerry T

April 29, 2015, 7:15 pm

They should learn from their mistakes and realize they shouldn't build web browsers. Just make Chrome the default browser. :-)

Sean McCartin

May 5, 2015, 10:26 pm

I'm willing to test it out just to see if it works. I'm trying to find an actually good browser and so far the closest I've gotten was Lunascape 6. Unfortunately, even that's still not good enough for me.

Sean McCartin

May 5, 2015, 10:28 pm

Chrome has its own set of issues (each tab is a separate instance of the browser), and so do all the other browsers. I'm a Firefox user myself, but I hate how FF has poor flash support and leaks RAM all the time. The one browser I haven't had much trouble with is Lunascape, but it lacks migration support with the latest browsers.

I've got my fingers crossed in hopes that Edge works out, but I'm not going to be surprised if it doesn't.

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