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Microsoft’s Upcoming Windows 10 OS to Have Two Browsers on the Desktop?

There’s a new report making its rounds in the blogosphere that Windows 10 will reportedly have two different web browsers for desktop users when it is released in the fall of 2015. And we’re not talking about the downloadable Firefox, Opera, or Chrome browsers either.

Obviously, we can expect Internet Explorer will be one of the two browsers, but apparently it won’t be the only Microsoft browser under the hood of the new OS if reports from Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet are any indication.  There will also be a brand newer browser that is currently being developed under the code name “Spartan” (if you don’t understand the reference, see this post).

The new browser, like IE11, will still use Microsoft’s Chakra JavaScript engine and Microsoft’s Trident rendering engine and not WebKit according to Foley’s sources. For any of you hoping to see WebKit support as a way to end problems like this one, you might be a little disappointed with this news. Similar to Firefox and Chrome, the new browser will also use a new “flat” UI and will reportedly support browser extensions.

The browsers will, predictably, be available not only for Windows 10 on the PC and tablet but also for Windows 10 for Phones.

As for when we’ll be able to actually see the new browser in action, we’ll reportedly get our chance to view it with the release of the Windows 10 January Tech Preview update, though we could also see the browser make an appearance at Microsoft’s Windows 10 media event on January 21.

Are you looking forward to using browser extensions on your Windows Phone?

Author: Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower and the Editor in Chief of Pocket And PC. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing and is also an aspiring violinist.

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  1. The article you referenced points to Kik CEO saying he won’t support due to WebKit. So we won’t support him due to no support for WP.

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  2. Metro IE would have been perfect if we could use extensions. One of the most irritating things about Windows 8/8.1 is having two different versions of the same browser.

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