First look at Project Spartan, Microsoft’s take on the modern browser

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When announcing that a Windows 10 Preview with the new Project Spartan browser was available , Microsoft made clear that the browser ain’t done yet. What we have now is an early iteration of the company’s take on a legacy-free forward-looking browser—a browser that’s going to ditch the venerable Internet Explorer name. Superficially, everything about the browser is new. Its interface takes cues from all the competition: tabs on top, in the title bar, the address bar inside each tab. The look is simple and unadorned; monochrome line-art for icons, rectangular tabs, and a flat look—the address bar, for example, doesn’t live in a recessed pit (as it does in Chrome) and is integral with the toolbar (unlike Internet Explorer). The design concept works well for me, though I doubt this will be universal. As is so often the case on Windows, it doesn’t really fit with the rest of the operating system. While parts of Windows 10 have a similar appearance—most notably the Settings app—Windows overall remains an inconsistent mish-mash of looks and feels, to its detriment. Read 12 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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