Microsoft launches Project Spartan for Windows 10 Technical Preview

By Kul Bhushan | Updated 31 Mar 2015
Microsoft launches Project Spartan for Windows 10 Technical Preview
  • Windows 10 Tech Preview build 10049 includes Project Spartan, the company’s new browser.

Microsoft has rolled out its “Project Spartan,” the new browser for Windows 10, for the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build for PCs. The new browser brings a slew of new features, interface and integration with digital assistant Cortana.

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“In this preview, you will see a bold new design for Project Spartan – one that is streamlined and 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. You will also see some of the features that we demo’ed back in January and we hope you’ll love them,” points out Microsoft in a detailed blog post.

As said above, Project Spartan brings Cortana integration. The personal assistant provides  additional information while making browsing easier, staying in the background. It comes with inking capabilities, 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. The Spartan features a new rendering engine is built around the idea that the Web “just works,” while being fast, more secure and more reliable.

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“It’s important to note we’ll have more features and many improvements coming to Project Spartan before we make it broadly available. This preview is NOT a polished, ready-for-everyone release. 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,” points out Microsoft.

Meanwhile, Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10049 is now available. The latest build includes a slew of fixes along with Project Spartan.

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Here are some issues fixed in this build

We’ve fixed the issue from Build 10041 for when the Photos app on your PC crashes when you tap on the circular icon (your camera roll – thanks Rafael) at the top left to view the photo you just took.

We’ve also fixed the issue from Build 10041 where you might end up in a state where windows open on your desktop are accidentally visible behind the Start Screen, Task View, Snap Assist, and when rearranging windows in Tablet Mode.

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You will no longer get stuck when you manually lock your PC (Windows Key + L) during the initial out-of-box experience.

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