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#Spartan: 5 Things You Should Know About Microsoft's New Browser
Is this the end of the much-maligned Internet Explorer?
by Neps Firmalan | Jan 5, 2015
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Good news, Internet Explorer haters (we know there's a ton of you out there)! According to reports, Microsoft will unleash a new web browser later this year together with the brand-spankin' new Windows 10!

This bit of geek news was welcomed by a lot of open arms, thanks to IE being that one browser everyone seems to loathe nowadays (because of stuff like crappy speeds and sucky design), as these images suggest:

spartan browserImage via 2lucu.com

spartan browserImage via Memespp.com

spartan browserImage via Knowyourmeme.com

However, we reckon some of you are closet IE fans who are silently asking what the hate is all about. Whatever the case though, it would be better if you know more about the upcoming Microsoft-made browser other than it not being named Internet Explorer. So we decided to dig a bit deeper to help you out.

Here's what we got:


IT'S CODENAMED "SPARTAN"

Such. A. Badass. Name.

spartan browserGIF via Wifflegif.com

Too bad it's just a codename, which means there's a good chance that it will eventually be scrapped when it officially comes out. The reason behind the codename is still unknown, although we hope it's not about being infected with Trojans (get it?). Seriously, let's hope the Big M keeps it for all us big fans of that bloody 2007 Zack Snyder movie that showed you don't need an armor when going to war—abs are enough.


IT'S NOT THE END OF INTERNET EXPLORER (AT LEAST NOT YET)

Despite GIFs like this...

spartan browserGIF via Owned.com

...surfacing after the news broke out, it's not the end for the much-maligned Internet Explorer. According to ZDNet, Windows 10 will ship with both Internet Explorer 11 and the new Spartan browser.

Before you bring out your digital pitchforks and aim it at Microsoft, however, look at it this way: At least you now have an additional choice and won't be forced to do this...

Continue reading below ↓

spartan browserImage via Knowyourmeme.com

...when you buy a Windows 10-powered PC in the future.


IT'S A LIGHTWEIGHT VERSION OF INTERNET EXPLORER

spartan browser

Spartan is described as the "lightweight version" of IE which might mean two (unconfirmed) things:

  • It won't demand much resources from your rig compared to Internet Explorer
  • It won't take up much virtual real-estate inside your hard drive

We like this part because this points to a browser that won't slow down your computer. Make it so, Microsoft!


IT WILL REMIND US OF FIREFOX AND CHROME

spartan browser

Reports also have it that Spartan will look and feel like Chrome and Firefoxtwo of Internet Explorer's biggest rivals in the browser game. Again, no specifics are currently available but there's a good chance Spartan will share visual elements with Chrome and Firefox and, hopefully, have the same speed and privacy settings.

A case of copying? Maybe, but we won't give a rat's ass as long as it runs faster and is more secure than Internet Explorer.


IT WILL BE AVAILABLE ON PHONES AND TABLETS

spartan browserImage via Chris.hive13.org

Yes sir.

So, for those stuck with IE on their Windows Phone tablets and smartphones, your savior is coming soon. The question is: Will Android and iOS have a taste of it, too? We'll have to wait, but if it lives up to its hype as the "kick-ass version of IE," then demand will play a role.

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