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Microsoft 'Project Spartan': Hands-On Demo

Microsoft's Project Spartan, the browser designed to replace Internet Explorer, is available for testing on Windows 10.
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Where Is Spartan?
After a long download process, Project Spartan appears in the list of apps and as a tiny blue globe visible on the toolbar.

Where Is Spartan?

After a long download process, Project Spartan appears in the list of apps and as a tiny blue globe visible on the toolbar.

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mak63
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4/2/2015 | 11:05:41 PM
Re: Looks Promising
I was on IW just yesterday with Spartan. We are Spartans! Just kidding.

The read view didn't work at the beginning, but it worked later on the same page (this page actually).  Don't know why. I'm not sure who needs to make up its mind here. In any case, pretty neat.

Spartan is certainly a work in progress. But I liked it so far. I believe it has a shot against Firefox and Chrome
TerryB
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TerryB,
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4/1/2015 | 12:59:50 PM
Re: Looks Promising
This is obviously all about branding. MS could have made all those changes to Explorer and still called it Explorer, they just wanted to break from those that have negative perception of Explorer.

That "reading mode" is exactly kind of thing that drives me crazy as developer. Another browser dependent feature to have to code to work but also code to work in other browsers which don't have it. I'm just thankful I only code internally used apps, where I have some control over the browsers (and versions) I'm willing to support.
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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4/1/2015 | 9:43:00 AM
Re: Looks Promising
@shakeeb we will; Spartan (or whatever Microsoft decides to call it) will be the go-to browser for Windows 10 on desktop and mobile devices. Hopefully we see the next mobile build rolling out soon, though I can't say with certainty whether that version will include Spartan or not.
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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4/1/2015 | 9:38:19 AM
Re: Looks Promising
Re: reading view, you're right. It doesn't work for a lot of major media outlets - InformationWeek, for example, doesn't support it. But it is pretty handy for blogs and such. It doesn't just weed out ads, it takes out unnecessary images as well.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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3/31/2015 | 11:22:34 PM
Re: Looks Promising
@pccharles- Its not an easy task to bring back users to Microsoft. Microsoft will have to something extraordinary.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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3/31/2015 | 11:18:06 PM
Re: Looks Promising
@Kelly - Web note seems to be quite attractive, I am wondering if we would have a mobile version of this browser.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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3/31/2015 | 11:01:05 PM
Re: Looks Promising
Most internet browsers consume much resources, I havent seen that problem with Opera.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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3/31/2015 | 10:58:47 PM
Re: Looks Promising
@[email protected] - Finaly Microsoft decides to discontinue Internet Explorer. I am waiting to see how the new browser performs.
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3/31/2015 | 9:39:02 PM
Re: Looks Promising
@[email protected],

I think there's been a lot of damage done to make users switch away from IE. Spartan is going to have to be pretty revolutionary to make that shift back to MSFTs browser as default.
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3/31/2015 | 8:56:25 PM
Re: Looks Promising
I have a tough time getting fired up about browsers, but web note does seem like it might be very useful in a few situations. I wonder about the reading view, though -- most web ads don't bother me, and the few sites with really obnoxious ads I suspect won't support this feature. 
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