Microsoft Edge: the new web browser for Windows 10

Microsoft has announced the official name of its Project Spartan web browser, the replacement for Internet Explorer.

Dubbed “Microsoft Edge”, the browser’s name is derived from the new rendering engine Microsoft is using: EdgeHTML.

Internet Explorer won’t disappear overnight, though, as the old browser is kept around for enterprise customers.

Among the features previously announced for Microsoft Edge were:

  • Note-taking directly on a web page, with either touch using your finger or pen, or with a keyboard.
  • Reading Mode and Reading List, providing layout and offline reading features similar to those in Safari, as well as Pocket and Instapaper.
  • Cortana integration. Microsoft will bring its voice assistant software from Windows Phone to the desktop version of Windows 10, and will also integrate it into its new browser.

A new feature for Microsoft Edge revealed at Build 2015 is that it will support web extensions, much like any modern browser.

Corporate vice president for the Operating Systems group Joe Belfiore said Edge will also be able to easily re-use extensions written for Chrome and Firefox “with just a few changes”.

Microsoft Edge screenshot
Microsoft Edge screenshot

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