Windows 10’s latest technical preview is a bigger deal than the builds we have gotten to try out since October. For one, it brings the promised Spartan browser to the fore. And it also has a threadbare version of Cortana Voice assistant integrated, with not all of the features which the company promised at their January event.
This was when we saw the first of Spartan, which Microsoft will be replacing IE with. About time something happened there, which is what many of us were thinking. And because the software giant has taken overhauling to such a level, as the preview shows, it is a logical step to bring in a new web browser. The application focuses on sharing and viewing web pages, a view exemplified by the one feature everyone will love – spontaneous annotatability on web pages. You can write on any page that you are viewing, without the use of add-ons.
As an extension of this, marked pages can be instantly shared on social networks, or stored in your OneNote account online.
Build 10049 also comes with Cortana support for the browser, which they are calling Project Spartan. This requires you to be using a US version of the tech preview, because Spartan is not on any other version yet. With Cortana, you will now be getting a stream of help and suggestions for navigation, searches, etc. The browser itself has a reading view option that clears away the rest of the clutter on the page. This is similar to what users of Evernote are familiar with. In Spartan, you also have the Reading List to store reads for later.
Spartan is part of a technical preview build, which means it is not something you should be hurrying to get hands around. Unless you are fine with the Insider testing side of the whole thing, and how it may compromise your files. Have these backed up safely so you can always recover the data if the OS crashes. Microsoft has warned against discounting that possibility, and there would be no Windows customer support to fall back on.
The new browser is not out for the phone version of Windows 10, which does not even support too many phones yet. If you have a PC, you can turn over to your testing urges, sign up with the Insider program with a Microsoft account, and get the latest release build of Windows 10 preview. Try to stay away from leaks; there is a reason why the company is not giving those editions out – they are unstable. And there is not any Windows customer support to call if something goes wrong.