SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft has officially named its next-generation browser for Windows 10 as Microsoft Edge and detailed more new features, including ways to help users engage with web sites and discover new content.
First announced in January as Project Spartan, Microsoft's new browser is based on an all-new rendering engine that has been developed to deliver an optimal experience for the modern web, and also includes better support for touch gestures and ink input.
Announcing the official Microsoft Edge name at the Build developer conference, Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of the Operating Systems Group, explained that it is because the new browser is "on the edge of consuming and creating, it's about being closest to the modern capabilities of the web - note-taking, reading and consuming content, and it has Cortana built-in so helps you to get things done".
In Microsoft Edge, when users open a new tab, the default new page will present the user with content based on the built-in Cortana's understanding of what the user likes, based on their previous history. This will include news feeds and suggested web sites, in order to "help people connect with and discover more content," Belfiore said.
In fact, Microsoft suggested that extensions for those browsers can easily be ported to Microsoft Edge with little difficulty. Belfiore said that a plug-in for the popular Reddit social network had already ported to Microsoft's new browser
"We grabbed it from Chrome and just made a few changes. It was virtually no work to take it from Chrome store and put it on Edge," he said.
Microsoft has previously disclosed that the new browser will be the default one for Windows 10, although large organisations will be able to set policies to use Internet Explorer instead, for consistency in situations where there is an estate of Windows PCs still using older versions of Windows.
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