The Spartan web browser has finally hit availability, albeit in a limited form. It is part of the March 30 preview release of Windows 10. Intended as a replacement of antiquated IE browser, Spartan carries many new features, not the least of which is integration with the Cortana app. That should care of the need for Windows live chat support quite well post Windows 10’s final launch.
Project Spartan will be going out on to a variety of Windows 10 devices, and allows interesting functionalities, such as letting the user annotate pages while they are on them. This is also accompanies by page sharing and minimal-ized reading options, which many have been dying for a try at.
On the Windows blog, they said that there is a new design underlying Spartan, which focuses more on the page and not the application itself. The Cortana assistant integration dispels any need to seek Windows Live chat support from outside the browser, also making it easier to search and browse. The US versions of Spartan will come with Cortana bundled, with other editions getting the same addition later.
Spartan lets you ink your thoughts directly on to the page you are looking at, as well as put highlights on the important stuff you see there. You can also partial clip pages and send share these segments with other users or browsers. The clutter-free reading mode comes with a Reading List where everything you read gets stored for easy access later. The view itself discards any images or video elements to let you focus on the more essential content.
With the consumer rollout still a ways ahead, the software maker has nonetheless allowed enterprise customers keep using IE 11. It is hard for many to stop, since this is the native browser on operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. In Windows 10, the same setting can be achieved by using the group policy.
Spartan is still far from finished, though what testers can see right now shows promise. This program uses a different rendering engine from IE 11, apparently, and come the time this is coupled with the right hardware, we will be seeing some major improvements in the browsing domain. And this is further ensured by the fact that Microsoft is heeding tester suggestions to a great extent, so we know we’ll get something that many will like.