Microsoft Reportedly Building New Browser

Instead of Internet Explorer 12, the next browser from Microsoft might be a more lightweight, Chrome-like and Firefox-like browser currently in development under the codename "Spartan." The new browser could make its debut during a January 21, invitation-only event offering a peek at Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system.

Spartan would likely ship along with Internet Explorer 11 when Microsoft releases Windows 10 in 2015, according to ZDNet. The much-anticipated successor to the unloved Windows 8 (there will be no Windows 9), is expected to roll out sometime after Microsoft's Build Developer Conference beginning on April 29.

"Spartan is still going to use Microsoft's Chakra JavaScript engine and Microsoft's Trident rendering engine (not WebKit), sources say," according to ZDNet. "As Neowin's Brad Sams reported back in September, the coming browser will look and feel more like Chrome and Firefox and will support extensions."

'Nothing to Share'

We reached out to Microsoft's OS team to learn more about the possible browser developments and a spokesperson told us, "We have nothing to share."

When Microsoft rolled out a preview build for Windows 10 in November, the company also announced "significant" interoperability updates for Internet Explorer. Those included more than 2,000 fixes for interoperability issues, support for 20 new platform features and a new architecture to promote interoperability and compatibility.

Released in the fall of 2013, IE 11 has earned kudos from reviewers for speed, efficiency and standards compliance. Since the first version of the browser was released in 1995, however, IE has acquired a negative reputation that has been hard to shake.

Weighing Rebrand Efforts

In August, the idea of rebranding IE came up during a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" feature with engineers from Microsoft's IE platform team.

"It's been suggested internally; I remember a particularly long e-mail thread where numerous people were passionately debating...

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