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The long, troubled reign of Internet Explorer may be coming to an end: Microsoft has officially announced a new, more modern browser code-named "Spartan" that will compete for your clicks on Windows 10. Announced at Microsoft's big Windows event Wednesday, Spartan wasn't described as as replacement, exactly. But Internet Explorer has struggled for so long to reclaim browser market share taken by Chrome and Firefox and a clean break may be what's needed to dispatch both the youthful competition and its long-in-the-tooth predecessor.

Expect "Codename Spartan" to appear on Windows 10 devices, from desktops to mobiles.
Expect "Codename Spartan" to appear on Windows 10 devices, from desktops to mobiles.Microsoft

Spartan has a nice, clean look and some very useful tools built in: a reading mode that cleans up layouts for easy consumption (or saving), an annotation mode for sketching notes on Web pages, and integration with Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana, who can provide additional information on anything you're looking at.

As Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for many users and Spartan (or whatever its final name is) will debut alongside it, you'll be able to get your hands on this shiny new browser some time later this year — probably in the fall.



—Devin Coldewey