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There's a new report over at ZDNet that Microsoft may ditch Internet Exploreer for Windows 10. Supposedly they are working on a browser called "Spartan" that will be light and fast to better compete with Firefox and Google Chrome.
To be clear, their report indicates that Internet Explorer 11 will be included with Windows 10; however, it will only be included to make sure there is backwards compatibility for end users. The main browser of focus and development for Windows 10 is "Spartan."
Here's a quote from the article with a few of more details,
However, if my sources are right, Spartan is not IE 12. Instead, Spartan is a new, light-weight browser Microsoft is building.
Windows 10 (at least the desktop version) will ship with both Spartan and IE 11, my sources say. IE 11 will be there for backward-compatibility's sake. Spartan will be available for both desktop and mobile (phone/tablet) versions of Windows 10, sources say.
Spartan is just a codename at this point. My sources don't know what Microsoft plans to call this new browser when it debuts. The IE team hinted during a Reddit Ask Me Anything earlier this year that the team had contemplated changing the name of IE to try to get users to realize the much more standards-compliant IE of today is very different from older, proprietary versions of IE.
Microsoft may show off Spartan on January 21 when the company reveals its next set of Windows 10 features. But my sources also aren't sure if Spartan will be functional enough for inclusion in the Windows 10 January Technical Preview and mobile preview builds that are expected to be available to testers in early 2015. It may not show up in the test builds until some point later, they say.
Do you think that Microsoft will make such a radical shift in the desktop sector?