Menu
Windows 10 Spartan browser will get extensions

Windows 10 Spartan browser will get extensions

Developers will be able to add functions directly in the browser

Microsoft's Internet Explorer development team has confirmed there will be a browser extension system for Project Spartan, meaning developers will be able to extend its functionality with software that can be built directly into the browser.

"Yes. We're working on a plan for extensions to a future update to 'Project Spartan,' the developer relations team for IE said during a Q&A chat on Twitter Tuesday.

The news is significant since it indicates some type of a developer ecosystem will evolve around the browser, allowing functions to be added that are not supported natively. Such extensions could allow tabs to be given specific color codes, or allow bookmarks to be catalogued in new ways, or Web pages to be archived locally.

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have their own systems for adding functionality to those browsers. The Microsoft developers didn't say if the Spartan extensions will be available through the Windows 10 Store, which is being remodeled for the new OS.

The team also eliminated any doubt that Spartan will become the default Windows 10 browser. "IE will be available for Windows 10 and can [be] enabled by the user," they said in one tweet.

"Spartan is the successor for both desktop and modern IE," they said in another. "It will be finger friendly on touch machines," indicating that Spartan will likely follow Microsoft's Continuum design methodology, discussed at the Windows 10 preview events.

While Spartan will be the default browser in Windows 10, Microsoft has indicated that users will have the option to enable IE if they wish. In the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build, "Internet Explorer 11" is clearly listed as one of the features users can turn on or off by checking a box.

The team didn't describe Tuesday how Windows 10 users will activate IE 11, but in Windows 8.1, "legacy features" such as DirectPlay, and add-ons such as Windows Media Player, are added by means of a dialog box called "Turn Windows Features on or off."

Spartan didn't ship with the Technical Preview of Windows 10, but a Web page that displays when the OS preview is installed indicate that the first developer builds of the browser will be offered separately in the coming days.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags applicationsMicrosoftbrowserssoftware

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments