Author Archive: Vygantas
Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.
What happens when you keep delaying the release of Project Spartan? More uncontrolled leaks, of course; and thanks to the most recent one, the (almost) full picture of Microsoft’s upcoming web browser has been revealed. Here’s a recap:
Project Spartan includes two reading features, reading list and a reading mode. The first one allows you to save content for later access (will sync with Windows Phone 10) while reading mode works is what is currently available on IE11 / Windows Phone 8.1, basically it will remove ads and any other irrelevant content when activated.
I swear we wrote this before.
If you’ve been following Project Spartan news then it should be a pretty common knowledge by now that Microsoft promised to include its new web browser in the “next” Windows 10 build (which was released yesterday). Unfortunately, it did not happen.
Now, it looks like the software giant is ready to make the very same promise again and hopefully deliver this time. While there is no ETA for the next build yet, yesterday’s Windows 10 Preview does include some changes in the new rendering engine, which Project Spartan will utilize.
Now here’s a bummer.
Even though Microsoft has promised that the next official Windows 10 build will include new and much anticipated web browser, it appears that the software giant has broken the promise as just announced Windows 10 Preview does not actually include Spartan.
So who’s to blame and why is this the case? Well, the blame goes to both developers and the “announcer” as is turns out, Project Spartan is simply not yet ready.
No full backwards compatibility for you.
As Mozilla Foundation announced the availability of original WebGL (which was based on OpenGL ES 2.0) back in 2011 and then a 1.0.2 update two years later, the development has shifted to WebGL 2 (2013) and now it looks like all companies involved are ready to share some of the progress they have made in the last year or so.
So what exactly does the WebGL 2 have to offer? According to the recently revealed preview, the new graphics library is now based on the OpenGL ES 3.0 API and aims to raise many restrictions that were present in WebGL 1 (such as ability to use more render textures at the same time), developer controlled access to antialiasing, multiple render targets and other goodies.
With a giant ad.
As you might remember, Mozilla and Google have parted their ways and decided not to renew the default search engine agreement, fortunately for the open source organization, Yahoo! stepped in and both companies have signed a new deal, which also lead in an increase of market share for the search giant.
Well, it looks like Google is no longer happy with the new deal as they started asking Firefox users to set Google as their default search engine:
Keeps the high price tag.
Not so long ago one of the spokesman at Google revealed that the search giant was working on a new version of Chromebook Pixel, which is due soon.
Well, the curtains have finally been lifted and here is what you will get:
February, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari – Down
It’s time to do the desktop.
As Microsoft continues to work on Spartan, it’s predecessor is in a downtrend as last month Internet Explorer’s market share decreased again (by 0.8 point this time), down from 58.18% to 57.38%
Shows work still in progress.
Now here’s a small piece of info for you. Assuming you’ve been looking at the latest leaked screenshots, there was a setting to enable experimental title bar, which does away with the unnecessary space at the top.
Therefore, we strongly believe that the final version of Spartan will look like the image below (aka much better):
Even though Spartan was not yet released for either Windows 10 or Windows 10 for Phones, it looks like the developer preview build of Internet Explorer includes one of the widely requested and missed features: ability to play live stream videos, at least on YouTube.
On a slightly negative note, the newly leaked pictures of yet unreleased Windows 10 for Phones (Build 10038.12518) still comes with the Internet Explorer rather than much anticipated Project Spartan.