ATLANTA: Microsoft’s Project Spartan will be the primary web browser for Windows 10, but the company will not retire Internet Explore just yet.
At Convergence 2015 in Atlanta on Monday, Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer, said Microsoft is “researching” a new brand name for Project Spartan.
But he also highlighted that the new browser does not mean Windows is abandoning its longstanding Explorer brand.
“We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing,” he said.
In a statement sent to V3, a Microsoft spokesperson said Explorer will continue to be supported on some versions of Windows 10 with a focus on business use.
“We will continue to make Internet Explorer available with Windows 10 for enterprises and other customers who require legacy browser support,” the spokesperson said.
A cursed brand
For some time, Microsoft has been working to shake off the negative reception Explorer has received from Windows device users.
Microsoft even released an advert, which mocked its much-maligned Internet Explorer 6, as seen in the video below.
Despite numerous versions and features added to the browser, many desktop PC and laptop users tend to opt for alternative web browsers, such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Microsoft hopes to buck that trend with Project Spartan by giving it features that other browsers do not have, such as the ability to make hand written notes on web pages that can be shared between multiple users on the company’s OneNote cloud service. Support of Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana will also be included.
Project Spartan will be released alongside Windows 10, which also includes a range of new features to refresh the Windows operating system. V3 has a rundown of the top 10 Windows 10 features.
With over 2.8 million people already using the technical preview of Windows 10, Project Spartan will likely reach a large audience. But Microsoft will have to wait and see whether its new browser gains favour as a native Windows web browser.