Windows 10 May Dock ‘Explorer’ for a Kinder, Gentler Browser

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Back in October, Microsoft proved why it hasn’t quite reached Apple’s standard for press conferences and media announcements when the company skipped Windows 9 and went straight to Windows 10.

Two months later, we discover that the former home of the talking paper clip is about to really make a change: according to Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet, the company is working on a project code named “Spartan.”

Imagine a Microsoft-based browser that will finally do more than regurgitate its predecessors (as has been the case from ‘NT’ to ‘Windows 8’). Something that is more “lightweight,” “user-friendly,” and with the “look and feel of Chrome or Firefox.”

Interested in making that Trojan Horse yet? 

According to Foley, IE 12 is not going to be what everyone expects. In fact, Spartan is going to be completely different:

“Spartan is still going to use Microsoft’s Chakra JavaScript engine and Microsoft’s Trident rendering engine (not WebKit), sources say. As Neowin’s Brad Sams reported back in September, the coming browser will look and feel more like Chrome and Firefox and will support extensions. Sams also reported on December 29 that Microsoft has two different versions of Trident in the works, which also seemingly supports the claim that the company has two different Trident-based browsers.”

What’s that mean? In geek-speak: lots. To the average consumer: Finally, a reason to retain some Microsoft brand loyalty while searching online.

Regardless, when this thing comes out, it will be met with a truckload of great PR and one loud cry from Redmond, Washington: “This. Is. Spartan!”

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