Microsoft's New Spartan Browser is Taking its First Step Into the Wild

By Darren Orf on at

As Windows 10 inches ever closer to its summer release, Microsoft's been adding new features piecemeal to the preview version of its next-generation operating system, and this may be the biggest update yet. Microsoft's brand-new browser, Spartan, is about to get its first taste of open internet.

We got a brief tour of Spartan at Microsoft's press conference in January, showing off features like live annotation, a mode built specifically for reading, and of course, Cortana integration. And now an early version is packed into the newest Windows 10 preview build. As is true with all preview builds, Microsoft warns in a blog post that this is not the final version, meaning expect some bugginess and a little rough-around-the-edges design.

Spartan is part of build 10049, which you can read all about right here, and if you're a nerd you can install the new version and check it out for yourself. If you're a saner person, just sit tight and we'll put it through its paces ourselves very shortly. But even sight unseen, it has to be better than Internet Explorer. [Windows Blog]