Microsoft Spartan: One browser for all versions of Windows 10

Microsoft is working on a new browser - known by its development codename, 'Spartan' - and we brought you the first images of the new application last week. While other features are starting to be uncovered, we have found out a bit more about how the browser will work across Microsoft's ecosystem.

As we previously reported, Spartan is a Windows Store application, and we can confirm that it will be replacing the current Modern version of IE that is included in Windows 8.1. Spartan will support Flash as well; this was a common question we received and can confirm that some versions of the browser do support it. We say "some versions" as the platform you are on will determine which features are available to you.

Spartan will be the browser across all of your Microsoft devices, from Windows 10 Mobile (Windows Phone) to Windows 10, and eventually onto your Xbox; this is Microsoft's new Modern browser. And because Modern apps now work on the desktop in Windows 10, Spartan could very well be your choice of replacement for Internet Explorer.

We should be hearing a lot more about Spartan at the Windows 10 event that takes place on the 21st of this month. But know that the current builds of Spartan are crazy buggy right now, and the team has quite a bit of work to do before this browser is ready for prime-time.

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