The new Spartan Browser, that’s set to replace Internet Explorer, was probably the event’s worst kept secret. However, what wasn’t common knowledge were the features the new browser would have.
Spartan’s Reading Mode rips off the famous Chrome Extension, Pocket. It allows users to save a page at the click of a button, from which it will be stored for reading later (even offline) on any device.
A second feature that Spartan boasts is the ability for a user to annotate over web pages, sync the scribbles to OneDrive, and then share the pages or make them collaborative. If you can’t picture how this will work, think of what Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablets have done for the past few years.
Finally, Cortana - Windows 10’s personal assistant - has muscled her way into the browser. This is Microsoft’s attempt at taking on Google Now. The example given was a user typing “Delta” into the address bar, and Cortana recognising they had previously booked flights with Delta. She would then quickly display their booked flight information without the need to navigate through several web pages.
All in all, Spartan is a step in the right direction for Windows 10. Whether it will topple Chrome is yet to be seen.