SAN FRANCISCO: MICROSOFT has revealed that the Project Spartan browser will be officially named Microsoft Edge when it arrives in Windows 10 later this year.
In a move that is not likely to go down too well with Samsung, the new Microsoft Edge name, which wasn't up for grabs in Australia's sweepstakes, was revealed during the firm's Build keynote in San Francisco on Tuesday.
First announced in January, Microsoft's browser update is based on an all-new rendering engine developed to deliver an optimal experience for the modern web, and includes better support for touch gestures and ink input.
Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Operating Systems Group, explained at the Build developer conference that the new browser's name reflects the fact that it's "on the edge of consuming and creating. It's about being closest to the modern capabilities of the web - note-taking, reading and consuming content - and it has Cortana built in so it helps you to get things done."
Opening a new tab in Microsoft Edge presents content based on Cortana's understanding of what the user likes and their previous history. This will include news feeds and suggested web sites to "help people connect with and discover more content", Belfiore said.
In fact, Microsoft suggested that extensions for those browsers can be ported to Microsoft Edge with little difficulty. Belfiore said that a plug-in for the popular Reddit social network had already been ported to Microsoft's new browser.
"We grabbed it from Chrome and just made a few changes. It was virtually no work to take it from Chrome Store and put it on Edge," he said.
Microsoft has previously disclosed that the new browser will be the default for Windows 10, although large organisations will be able to set policies to use Internet Explorer instead for consistency in situations where there is an estate of Windows PCs still using older versions of Windows.
The firm is also offering up to $15,000 in rewards to anyone who finds security bugs in the browser, now known as Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft didn't announce when Windows 10 will become available, but AMD's CEO has let slip that it's likely to arrive in July. µ
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