Microsoft is somewhat very busy in its preparations for Windows 10 at BUILD 2015 keynote. More than enough, the company is rebuilding a lot of its software components from the ground upwards, including its famed surfing client. Talking about the Internet Explorer, time passed years ago and over the past few months, we’ve been tipped of its successor, which was actually codenamed Project Spartan. Today, at the software maker’s developers gathering BUILD, Project Spartan has been officially named Microsoft Edge. It’s an IE re-placer, and glad to see the back and there are plenty of reasons to instead be more excited about what Spartan has to offer.
Thankfully, as we saw when Edge was first showcased as Spartan back in January, this is not the case with Microsoft’s new browser, and both Chrome and Firefox’s user bases will be prime targets for Microsoft Edge adoption. Promises to be a whole new kind of Internet browser, including features such as in-app markup so you can highlight and draw pictures right on a website before sharing those notes to a friend without requiring or switching to another program.
If you see through the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft Edge is all about fluidity, and instead of serving as a clone to Chrome, Firefox et al, includes a plethora of functions and quirks that Satya Nadella and Co. will be hoping pay dividends. As oft-mentioned, the integration of Cortana voice assistant into the pie, users will also be able to draw, type and write notes directly onto the Web page in Note mode, which can later saved or shared with your colleagues.
If you are a rigid Chrome or Firefox user, then here’s another tweak to learn that Edge will support extensions from the former two browsers. In short; Microsoft has the stage set for potential new users. Currently, the software giant hasn’t really cleared up how these extensions will be installed. Later we will be learning more about this in the coming days or so.
Like the rest of Windows 10, Edge will also feature a built-in Microsoft’s voice-assistant, Cortana – using its commands you can search the Web and multitask even more efficiently. Other features on the Windows 10 Edge browser includes a minimalist design and a baked-in reading mode, which will eventually allow users to save articles or pages for reading later, across all Windows 10 powered phones and even offline as well.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 looks an OS worthy of both mobile and desktop. And the Microsoft Edge browser’s significance in proceedings cannot be overstated, obviously, and Nadella and the rest of the team at Microsoft will know just how important it is that Edge is well-received by the masses.
Microsoft Edge will be available to the public when Windows 10 sees a full retail release later this fall. Are you looking forward to trying out the finished Microsoft Edge browser? Share your thoughts with us below!