The New Features That Made Microsoft Scrap IE In Favour Of Project Spartan
nternet Explorer, the native web browser on Windows computers, was first made available to users in 1995, but after 20 years of service Microsoft has turned its attention to new browser code named Project Spartan. Project Spartan will have more user friendly features and offer competition for Firefox and Safari. Although Internet Explorer has fallen out of favour in the last few years, it is often the most convenient browser of choice for Windows users who are not technologically savvy, so the switch over may take some getting used to for some.
Project Spartan will be built in to all new Windows 10 computers and IE will ship with the new operating system too but will remain unchanged from Windows 8.1. Spartan will use Microsoft’s new rendering engine exclusively, leaving Internet Explorer to fall into incompatibility.
Originally, both of Windows’ browsers were to use the new rendering engine, with legacy engines being used to enable backwards compatibility, however Internet Explorer will now remain relatively unchanged in order to operate the same as on previous versions of Windows. Microsoft have said that Spartan is on track to be ‘highly compatible with the modern web’, with a modern architecture and service model that means it doesn’t require the legacy engine and should provide new opportunities for developers.