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Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be released with a brand new browser, codenamed “Project Spartan”. It will be packed with lots of new features like ability to annotate on web pages, a distraction-free reading experience, integration of Cortana and more.

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It’s designed to work across all Windows 10 devices – PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones and even Xbox. Spartan is powered by a new rendering engine and an improved Javascript engine that provides a much better performance.

Some preliminary tests show that Spartan has a considerable performance increase, outperforming even Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox in a couple of tests.

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Spartan is not yet available, but you can enable its new engine in IE11. Here is how:

1. Type “about:flags” in IE11’s address bar
2. Select “Enabled” under “Enable Experimental Web Platform Features”
3. Restart the IE browser.

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Users will probably be able to update Spartan via the Windows Store, this will allow a faster updates for the new browser, since users will not have to wait a new version of Windows. We can’t wait to see Spartan in action and play with it.

See the full list of features and release notes of Spartan browser on IE blog.

P.S. It seems like it’s the year on new releases. Here is another player: meet Vivaldi a brand new web browser created by the former CEO of Opera.

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