The end is nigh. An era of Internet Explorer dominance and subsequent decline is coming to a close.
Windows 10 Build 10049 has just launched. The headline feature is the brand new Project Spartan browser: a browser designed for the modern, mobile web and easy cross platform use.
This build of Project Spartan features the following:
- Cortana: Cortana surfaces help and advice at what it deems are appropriate intervals. This is available for US versions of the build for now.
- Inking and sharing: You can now write or type on webpages, comment or clip and easily share a “Web Note” via mail, or a social network. Notes can be saved directly to OneNote.
- Reading List and Reading View: This includes the ability to save webpages or PDFs for access later.
- New rendering engine
The rest of what’s new consists of some less exciting bug fixes:
- The Photos app doesn’t crash anymore when you tap on the circular icon at the top left to view the photo you just took.
- Windows open on your desktop are no longer visible behind the Start Screen, Task View, Snap Assist, and when rearranging windows in Tablet Mode.
- Your PC won’t freeze anymore when you manually lock it (Windows Key + L) during the initial setup.