Project Spartan Shows Up on Window 10 Preview for Phones
Beta testers can see how Microsoft's vision for a next-generation successor to Internet Explorer works on Windows smartphones.Owners of select Lumia Windows Phones can take Project Spartan, the successor to Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser, for a spin after early Project Spartan, considered a replacement for the company's long-lived IE browser has been available to early testers of the upcoming Windows 10 operating system since March 30. Now, Lumia smartphone users can see how the experience holds up in a mobile context. "You'll still find Internet Explorer 11 as the default browser in this preview—in a later update, Project Spartan will be the only browser included on Windows phones," Kyle Pflug, program manager for Project Spartan at Microsoft, wrote in a company blog post to prospective downloaders of build 10051 of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. "Project Spartan can be found in the All Apps list, and you can pin it to the start screen yourself." While the software giant is seemingly distancing itself from IE and the ire that it has drawn from many in the Web development community, the browser will nonetheless live on for the sake of legacy business applications. In a statement last month, Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Operating Systems Group, assured organizations that the company "will continue to make it easy for our enterprise customers to make Internet Explorer 11 the default browser via group policy."
Despite the move to a new form factor, the Web browsing experience will be similar to the PC version, Pflug suggested. "Project Spartan for phones has the same new rendering engine available on the desktop, with the same support for the latest standards and the same strong focus on interoperability with the modern Web."