Microsoft is said to be working on developing a brand-new standalone web browser for use in Windows 10. According to a ZDNet report, this browser is codenamed Spartan and will not be another iteration of the Internet Explorer web browser series.

The ZDNet report, quoting multiple sources, also hints at the possibility of the PC Windows 10 variant incorporating both Spartan and the latest version of Internet Explorer (currently 11). Spartan is also expected to be available on both the desktop and mobile operating platforms.

The Spartan web browser will be built using the Microsoft Chakra JavaScript engine, rather than WebKit, as stated by ZDNet's sources.

Windows 10 changes

Microsoft needs its upcoming Windows 10 operating system to resonate with consumers, and so it is implementing some big changes from the lacklustre Windows 8.

The Redmond-based company has made public its intention to include a brand new mini Start menu in Windows 10, reminisce of the classic start menu last seen in Windows 7. The absence of the classic Start menu in Windows 8 was heavily criticised by users across the world.

Microsoft has a technology event scheduled for 21 January, when newer aspects of Windows 10 are expected to officially surface. Microsoft could throw more light on its new web browser, Spartan, during the same event.

Windows 10 Technical Preview now available to download

Microsoft Windows 10 saw a beta Enterprise Technical Preview version released recently and millions of downloads have been made.

Those who have downloaded the beta Windows 10 Enterprise Technical Preview need to know that Microsoft collects information related to you in a variety of ways. The company claims that it uses this information to operate effectively and thereby offer you the best experiences and services.

If you are worried about data privacy breach then the Redmond-based company advises you to back-off from installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Once you agree to the terms and conditions and install the Technical Preview, you will be giving away personal information such as:

  • Data stored within your Microsoft Account
  • Information about how you use your devices on which the pre-release version of Windows runs
  • All your browsing history
  • Phone call and SMS data
  • Device configuration and sensor data; and
  • Information related to you such as name, email addresses, your preferences and interests