A new report on ZDNet by longtime Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley, if true, suggests that Microsoft is cooking up a new web browser that is not Internet Explorer 12.
"It turns out that what's actually happening is Microsoft is building a new browser, codenamed Spartan, which is not IE 12 -- at least according to a couple of sources of mine."
Even if we ignore the "Spartan" Halo reference (Microsoft has chosen to name the Windows 8.1 digital assistant "Cortana" after the fictional computer AI character of the same name that helps Master Chief in their Halo video game franchise), this sounds like a pretty interesting move by Microsoft as Foley goes on to report that the new browser "will look and feel more like Chrome and Firefox and will support extensions."
So far, I've been a support of where CEO Satya Nadella has been talking Microsoft's products and services. I've also been running the Windows 10 Technical Preview (in a virtual machine) for some time now and really like it.
Whatever "Spartan" turns out to be, I'm sure it will be part of the cloud services roadmap that Microsoft has been working steadily toward.