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Don't Like Internet Explorer? Windows 10 Will Reportedly Feature Brand-New Browser

New browser described as "light-weight," and similar in look and feel to Chrome and Firefox.

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Microsoft is developing a brand-new browser for Windows 10, one described as similar in look and feel to Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox. That's according to a new report from Microsoft insider Mary J. Foley at GameSpot sister site Zdnet. Citing sources, she says the new browser is codenamed "Spartan," and it's not the next version of Internet Explorer, though that browser isn't going away altogether.

Spartan, which reportedly will use Microsoft's Chakra JavaScript engine and Trident rendering engine, is described overall as a "new, light-weight browser."

The new browser won't replace Internet Explorer entirely, however, when it's released as part of Windows 10 next year. Foley's sources went on to say that Windows 10 (the desktop version at least) will come with Spartan and Internet Explorer, presumably for backward-compatibility functionality.

The report goes on to say that Spartan will support Windows 10 on desktop and mobile. One element that's unclear right now, however, is whether or not Spartan will be ported to Android or iOS.

When might we get to hear about Spartan? One possible venue is Microsoft's Windows 10 event in January, which is called "The Next Chapter." This event also promises some gaming news from Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who is one of the featured speakers.

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