WEB afficiandos no longer have to wait to use Internet Explorer’s successor Project Spartan.
Microsoft released a “preview mode” of the radically redesigned web browser for Windows 10 testers earlier this week.
Microsoft vice president Joe Belfiore said the browser was fast, compatible and built for the modern web.
“Project Spartan is designed to work the way you do, with features enabling you to do cool things like write or type on a web page,” he wrote on a blog.
“It’s a browser that is made for easy sharing, reading, discovery and getting things done online.”
Mr Belfiore said the preview showcased the bold new design for Project Spartan, which puts the focus on the page, not the browser.
“This is part of our vision for a browser that doesn’t visually interfere with your life on the web but supports it,” he wrote.
“You will also see some of the features that we demoed (sic) back in January and we hope you’ll love them.”
Mr Belfiore went on to explain some of the features, although he reminded users they are still in an early and incomplete state.
Among the features is a built-in web assistant known as Cortana, which offers contextually aware suggestions and help for a number of topics.
A distraction-free reading list is also part of the release and allows users to collect everything they want to read, including the ability to save any web page or PDF for convenient access later.
In addition, the preview also features new inking capabilities used to capture and communicate thoughts.
“Project Spartan enables you to write or type directly on the page, comment on what’s interesting or clip what you want — then easily share this “Web Note” via mail, or a social network,” he said.
Mr Belfiore stressed the preview was not polished or ready for sale to the public.
“It’s important to note we’ll have more features and many improvements coming to Project Spartan before we make it broadly available,” he said.
“For Windows Insiders, we’re excited to make Project Spartan available for your feedback, only a short time after we made it available for use internally at Microsoft.”