Microsoft's Windows 10 Spartan browser to reportedly support Cortana

By Silky Malhotra | Published on 09 Jan 2015
Microsoft's Windows 10 Spartan browser to reportedly support Cortana
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Microsoft's Spartan browser will have new inking features, support voice commands and more.

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Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 browser dubbed Spartan will have an integration of voice assistant Cortana, will come with a new inking feature that lets users annotate a web page and much more.

Spartan will have Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant integration and could be used for getting information on flights, hotel bookings, and much more. Cortana will also display all information related to tracked flights and will also allow users to view the status of the flight directly. Reportedly, Cortana will replace existing Bing search in Internet explorer. Users will be able to access Cortana search directly from the new tab interface in Spartan.

Microsoft is also adding an inking support in its upcoming browser that will allow Windows 10 users to annotate a web page with a stylus and share notes with their friends or coworkers. According to reports the web note service will be powered by Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage, and users will be able to access them from any browser across multiple platforms.

Another new feature will allow users to group tabs together, depending on their preference. For e.g. Users will be able to split up personal tabs from work ones. Earlier Microsoft had planned to allow Spartan to support custom themes, but according to reports the company has dropped this for the final new browser in Windows 10. However this feature may be included in future updates.

Microsoft will make Spartan a Windows Store app and users will be able to use it as a single browser across PCs, tablets, and smartphones. More details about the browser could be revealed at the upcoming Microsoft Windows 10 event on Jan 21.

Source: Neowin, The Verge

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