According to a recent report Microsoft will be replacing the iconic web browser Internet Explorer with a totally new browser called Spartan. The rumors say that the new browser is a complete departure from Internet Explorer, whose popularity has been decreasing considerably in the past years.
According to tech sources, the new browser will be “lightweight” and will resemble more popular web browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The Spartan browser will supposedly be offered with Internet Explorer when the upcoming Windows 10 will debut in 2015.
Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the leading browsers on the desktop market at the moment and have been so for quite a while now.
Google’s Android, Google Chrome and Apple Safari are dominating the mobile market, while Internet Explorer is way behind in terms of popularity. A few years back things were very different: Internet Explorer actually held 90% of the web traffic on desktop computers and laptops. At the moment, according to recent statistics, Internet Explorer’s share has dropped to 58% on desktop and laptops, while on mobile devices, it has a share of only 2%.
The upcoming Microsoft Spartan browser will attempt to address both the desktop and the mobile devices market. Windows 10 will run on different devices and the Spartan browser was specially designed to work on phones, tablets, desktops and laptops, covering all the available market of devices.
Some speculate whether the new Spartan browser will be made available on iOS and Android devices and other operating systems that compete with Windows at the moment. There are rumors saying that the new Spartan browser will be compatible with Android and Apple OS as well.
Satya Nadella, the company’s CEO, said that in the modern world it’s important that a Microsoft software must be compatible with more than just Windows.
Microsoft revealed in March its latest version of Microsoft Office that works on Apple iPad and in Novemeber it released free versions of the Powerpoint, Excel and Word specially designed for iPhones.
Earlier this month, Microsoft bough the mobile email software called Acompli, which is compatible with both Android and iOS mobile operating systems.
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