Microsoft has unveiled the next-generation Windows 10 Project Spartan web browser, promising a wealth of new features and performance upgrades.
Joe Belfiore, executive vice president of Microsoft's Operating Systems Group, unveiled Spartan at the Windows 10 launch on 21 January.
Spartan is based on an "all-new rendering engine" and features reworked design and notation features.
"Advanced features include the ability to annotate by keyboard or pen directly on the webpage and easily share with friends, and a reading view that is distraction-free, displaying the article in a simplified layout for a great reading experience for web articles online and offline," Belfiore explained in a blog post.
The notation feature is designed for devices with stylus pens, such as the Surface Pro 3, and will feature OneDrive synchronisation features that lets users save notes to the cloud and share them with collaborators.
The reading mode is designed to clean up the user interface and make the experience "more like reading a book".Microsoft also announced plans to integrate the Cortana voice assistant into Spartan. Cortana is a digital assistant debuted on Windows Phone 8 that allows web searches and the opening of apps using voice commands.
Cortana's answers are based on data stored in the user's Microsoft account and the public internet.
It is currently unclear whether Spartan is a sign that Microsoft is finally dropping its older Internet Explorer browser.
Internet Explorer has been a constant problem for Microsoft's security division. Over 200 vulnerabilities in the browser were fixed in 2014 as part of the firm's 2014 Patch Tuesday updates.
Spartan is one of many upgrades announced during Microsoft's Windows 10 event.
Other key announcements include increased cross platform support, Xbox integration, universal applications and the HoloLens augmented reality headset.
Check out V3's Windows 10 news story for more details on Microsoft's latest announcements.
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