MICROSOFT has continued to flesh out details of the new Edge browser for Windows 10, previously known as Project Spartan.
The new browser, announced in January and formally unveiled at Microsoft's recent Build conference, will render separately from Internet Explorer which will still be included for compatibility purposes.
The news is bad for phone users. The idea that Windows 10 would unite the platform has been scuppered with the revelation that extensions will not be available on smaller form factors at launch and not for the foreseeable future.
In fact, extensions generally are a bit thin on the ground. Out goes ActivX control and Browser Help Objects and, as a result, there won't be any way of blocking ads at browser level.
Alternatives at an OS level exist, but for most users it means that the new browser will be as nature intended, dong extension adverts and all.
Microsoft will, of course, block the troublesome pop-ups, but that's not quite the same thing.
IE 8's quirks, which were emulated in later versions of the browser, have also been shown the door, although there is an option to turn them back on in Enterprise Mode for proprietary web apps.
DirectX filters and transitions have gone too. And this list is far from exhaustive. Other relatively recent additions to IE, such as accelerators and webslices, are gone, along with hundreds of non-interoperable APIs.
Microsoft will argue, and rightly, that getting rid of some of this baggage will make Edge a considerably faster and safer beast than its predecessor. After all, it's these bits of code that are responsible for most of the browser-based beasties.
But it does emphasise the point that Edge is not an extension of the IE legacy. This is something totally new. And for third-party developers, it's time to start again. µ
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