Microsoft unveils new web browser ‘Edge’

05/05/2015

Microsoft has confirmed its new web browser, code-named Project Spartan, will be called Microsoft Edge, set to replace Internet Explorer.

The brand name was confirmed by Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's corporate vice president of operating systems, who explained that all Windows 10 devices will ship with the new browser.

Belfiore claimed that Edge is significantly faster than its predecessor and includes a built-in notation tool, further integration with digital assistant Cortana to offer more personalised results and actions, and a reading mode.

"For us, the name refers to the idea of being on the edge of consuming and creating," he added. "It refers to the developer notion of being closest to the modern capabilities of the web."

Edge will also be capable of supporting Chrome and Firefox extensions, allowing developers to carry their favourite plug-ins to the new browser.

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