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Microsoft draws line between Spartan and IE11 browsers

Gregg Keizer | March 26, 2015
Microsoft on Tuesday said that, contrary to earlier statements, it would not make Project Spartan, the new browser for Windows 10, backward compatible with websites and Web apps designed expressly for Internet Explorer (IE).

In other words, within two years Microsoft will have cut — with some exceptions for servers and Windows Embedded — the number of supported browsers from the current six to just two, Project Spartan and IE11.

Enterprises that adopt Windows 10 will be able to set IE11 as the OS's default browser using group policy settings, Pflug said.

Microsoft has not yet given an official name to Project Spartan or added it in its entirety to Windows 10 Technical Preview. Both moves will reportedly be made at Ignite, the company's conference in Chicago slated for May 4-8.


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