If you have not installed Windows 10 on your PC and still want to play with Microsoft’s new rendering engine (Edge) then here’s another option: grab a preview build of Windows Phone 10, which was just released.
However, in case you are wondering whether or not this build includes Spartan, it does not. Instead, just like in Windows 10, Internet Explorer is still a default web browser but with a new engine. On a positive note, IE will be replaced with Spartan in future builds.
Yahoo! is to blame.
If you are wondering about the lasting effects in the search industry then here’s an update for you. Last month, we have reported that Yahoo! has managed to triple its worldwide market share (from 3.52% to 9.31%).
Now, it looks like the Mozilla’s deal is bringing even more dividends as for the first time since 2008, Google’s market share has gone below the 75% mark while Yahoo! saw an increase.
Thanks to a tipster who was surveyd by the Microsoft itself regarding the name of a new web browser, WPC learned that the software giant is considering the following names for Spartan:
Spartan is the new IE.
Now here’s a shocker for you just before the year ends. According to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is working on a new, light weight web browser for Windows 10 and there won’t be Internet Explorer 12.
Instead, a browser codenamed “Spartan”, which feels and behaves more like Chrome and Firefox, will replace Internet Explorer (although Windows 10 will still ship with IE11 for compatibility reasons) and will be available for both desktop and mobile devices.
Proves to be utterly pointless.
Remember the infamous browser ballot screen? The one that was initiated by the Opera Software in 2009 when it complained to the EU? Then the $731 million fine when Microsoft messed up?
Well, the agreement between both sides has now expired and Microsoft will no longer ask users to pick their web browser.
Say hello to the Stack Overflow.
Now here’s a pretty interesting and unexpected decision from the Microsoft itself. In an effort to really please and understand web developers (as well as move everything into one place), the software giant has announced a new migration initiative, which means that from now on, all discussions related to IE development will be moved from MSDN forums to Stack Overflow.
Will bring few new features for web developers.
If you’ve been following status.modern.ie then this won’t exactly be new for you, otherwise, take note.
According to the recent change, the software giant has started working on three new features:
- Responsive Images (image srcset), which will take the advantage of the high resolution screens;
- New input controls for picking dates (all using HTML5 standards): day, week and month;
- A support for MAIN element, which is used to identify the main content of your app or document.
And it’s pretty useless.
Recently, Microsoft has announced a new and free tool that aims to help web developers to test their code on Internet Explorer, especially those running Mac OS X, iOS or Android.
While it might sound cool on the first sight, there is one problem: it allows you to test the latest version of Internet Explorer on the Windows 10 Technical Preview, which means that pretty much no one is using this browser right now and it’s useless since developers need access to older builds like IE8 and IE9.
No Internet Explorer 12 in sight.
With today’s release of Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft has also detailed a list of new Internet Explorer 11 features that made it to the build.
So what should you be excited about?
- A support for HTTP/2 networking protocol, which means better performance
- Interoperable Top Level Domain Parsing
It looks like Google won’t be eating the very low end market share lunch all by itself as Microsoft & HP have announced two new Windows models that aim to compete with the Chrome OS.
First is the HP’s Stream laptop, which comes with an 11.6 inch screen, HD display, a fanless design, Office 365 and the 32GB of storage, all for $199 while the HP Stream 13 (an 13.3 inch version) will cost you $229. There is also another, 14 inch version, which is coming later.