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April 30, 2015

This is Spartan! Microsoft Edge browser makes debut

Internet Explorer makes may for Microsoft's new browser.

By CBR Staff Writer

Microsoft Edge, the successor to Internet explorer, has been unveiled at the Microsoft build conference in San Francisco.

The new browser, previously known as Project Spartan, will come as default with Windows 10.

Microsoft has given a minimalistic design to the new browser and has integrated major functions, with several Windows 10 related functions built into the app.

Most of the controls are placed at the top right hand corner of the Edge, with a new inking function allowing users to directly draw on the web page using their finger or stylus.

Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana has also made an appearance in the new browser, being able to answer user’s questions verbally.

Microsoft Operating Systems executive vice president Terry Myerson said, "We chose the name Microsoft Edge as it reflects our commitment to developers to deliver a browser that lives at the edge of modern web standards and security.

"Microsoft Edge is a browser built for doing, with built-in note taking and sharing; a reading pane for no distractions; and integration with Cortana.

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"We showcased how Microsoft Edge will offer developers better discoverability of their apps and our plans for future extensibility with JavaScript and HTML."

Users will also get an option to save their annotated pages to OneNote.

Windows 10 will be the only OS to support the new browser and it is not likely to work with older version of the OS, or with OS made by other software makers.

According to reports, Microsoft is not likely to kill Internet Explorer as it is expected to be kept for enterprise customers.

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