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Microsoft to hold Project Spartan Web Summit in Google's backyard

Not long ago, Microsoft announced that Project Spartan, their new full-featured web browser, is the way forward: Windows 10 will ship with the completely re-engineered browser, with Internet Explorer 11 left solely for legacy applications.

In a show of commitment for their new browser, Microsoft is holding a dev summit with some of the top engineers behind Project Spartan right in Google's backyard: Microsoft's Building One in Mountain View, CA, just over a mile away from Google HQ -- which should make it a short trip for any Chrome engineers who want to see what the company is working on.

The summit will include technical sessions with engineers, including those who worked on the new rendering engine Microsoft used for Project Spartan, called EdgeHTML.

The company also promises expert sessions from "web evangelists" such as freelance front-end web developer Sara Soueidan, adaptive web designer Aaron Gustafson, and HTML5 dev Christian Heilmann.

Attendees can also help test and debug Project Spartan side-by-side with its developers and quality engineers, and will experience a variety of hands-on activities during the summit, including:

  • What’s new from the Project Spartan team: EdgeHTML, Chakra, and Modern.IE

  • How to build blazing-fast sites and apps using JavaScript without breaking the web

  • New easy tools to build and submit cross-platform apps for multiple stores

  • How to create rich multimedia experiences with WebGL and Web Audio

Last week we posted screenshots of the mobile version of Spartan, confirming that the much-hyped browser is coming along very nicely. With its dev summit in Mountain View, Microsoft is making a final push for Spartan to be what Internet Explorer could have been: a speedy, well-engineered web browser capable of standing up to Chrome and Firefox.

Free registration for the web summit opens tomorrow, April 14th, at 10:00 AM PDT; a full session schedule will also be posted at that time.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Shutterstock - Microsoft Mountain View campus

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