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ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley sparked off the internet and techie blogospheres rumor mill and speculations ran wild based on her report that Microsoft is building a new lightweight browser to run alongside Internet Explorer on Windows 10.

Spartan is not going to be Internet Explorer the unconfirmed rumors start from there and include lighter, faster, more flexible and the inevitable comparisons to Chrome and Firefox in that Spartan will have extensions or plugins.

Sites like Gizmodo, Techcrunch, The Verge and others are in a feeding frenzy of speculation and many manage to either misunderstand Foley, indulge in the usual troll-like, anti-Redmond wishing-will-make-it-so or are just link baiting.

To be fair to both Techcrunch and The Verge they manage to remain mostly calm and accurate.

My prize goes to Gizmodo for their “Report: Microsoft could ditch IE for a new browser named Spartan” as if tagging at the start of any title legitimizes the magical thinking involved here.

Remind me to add this to my “Unicorns live in my basement” post to give it extra cred.

After reading Foley’s post these are the four most noticeable points about Spartan: – Okay so we have an unnamed source and the likelihood that Spartan is not going to be ready for the next Developer Preview for Windows 10.

We can all take a deep breath in our respective brown paper bags, IE is going nowhere for now. Mary Jo Foley does ask the very valid question of if we will see Spartan ported to Android or i OS.

Developers are not going to be left in the cold after building web apps or Add-ons for IE. A year ago many of us would have scoffed at the idea but the last year has shown Microsoft investing major resources in developing for both mobile platforms.

Taking that one step further, my question is My advice to the Microsoft Marketing Team: Pay whatever you need to recreate the “This is Sparta” scene and then segue into Leonidas surfing the web with Spartan.

One thing is for sure, I will be testing Spartan if and when it is released.

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