Instead of simply upgrading Internet Explorer and changing the user’s perception about Microsoft’s old Internet browser, the company is taking a new approach to Internet browsing with Windows 10. Called Project Spartan for the time being, the new browser will be available on all devices that can run Windows 10 and coexist with Internet Explorer, the company confirmed in previous announcements. But only on Monday Microsoft finally released Project Spartan to the world for testing purposes.

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Insiders who already have access to the Windows 10 Technical Preview program can now update their software to build 10049 and try out Project Spartan for themselves – the Spartan beta is only available on PCs running Windows 10.

The new browser is supposed to bring a simpler, minimal interface, as well as offer a better browsing experience to users. Also notable is Cortana integration, as Microsoft’s digital voice-based assistant is built into Project Spartan.

In addition to offering users tools for improving their reading experiences, including Reading Lists and a new Reading View option, Spartan also supports web pages annotation, a feature that will come in handy on Windows 10 devices with touch support.

Finally, Microsoft confirmed it’ll issue regular updates for Project Spartan, which will likely be available via its official Windows app store. The company said that many other features are coming to the browser in the future, once a final version of Spartan will be available to users.

A video demo of Project Spartan follows below, with more details about Project Spartan being available at the source links.

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