Say goodbye to Internet Explorer, and hello to “Spartan”, which will serve as the default browser on both the PC and mobile device versions of Windows 10. “Spartan” uses a new “Edge” layout engine forked from Trident that is “designed for interoperability with the modern web”. The new “Edge” engine will be used by default across Windows 10, and pages can be rendered in the previous MSHTML engine for backwards compatibility with enterprise-specific websites and software. Continue reading for a video preview and more information.
“Spartan” does not support legacy technologies such as ActiveX and Browser Helper Objects, and will instead utilize an extension system. Internet Explorer will remain available alongside “Spartan” on Windows 10 for use in scenarios requiring IE-specific functionality, and will use the same dual-engine configuration as “Spartan”.