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The basis of the Spartan web browser is the new EdgeHTML rendering engine, which works in conjunction with a substantially revised JavaScript interpreter. According to Microsoft, the new browser engine is faster, safer and more reliable than what is used in Internet Explorer. To test these claims, we used a Windows To Go bootable USB flash drive with the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10049 at the time of material preparation and evaluated the performance of the browser on two laptops – Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro (Intel Core i7 processor with clock speed up to 2 , 8 GHz and 8 GB of RAM) and Sony VAIO VPC-Y11M1R / S (1.3 GHz Intel SU4100 processor with 8 GB of RAM). Futuremark Peacekeeper benchmarks, Octane 2.0 JavaScript benchmark, SunSpider 1.0.2 JavaScript benchmark and Rightware Browsermark are used to measure performance. They measure the speed of the JavaScript interpreter, the speed of processing graphics, and the execution time of typical tasks for most Internet users. For carrying out comparative tests, in addition to the article's hero, Internet Explorer 11, Firefox and Chromium-based browsers of Chrome, Opera, "Yandex.Browser " and Vivaldi were used. For the purity of the experiment, all browsers were tested separately, the rest of the applications running in the system when executing the benchmarks were unloaded from the computer's memory. The results of our testing can be judged from the graphs below.

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Results of testing Microsoft Spartan in browser benchmarks (click to view full-size image)

As you can see, in our tests, Microsoft Spartan was almost the slowest browser and lost even to its ancestor, Internet Explorer 11, by speed of performance. Both Microsoft browsers failed all performance tests, except for one – SunSpider 1.0. 2 JavaScript benchmark, used a set of tests in which it turned out "to the teeth" Spartan and IE. The fastest in the overall standings were the browsers on the open platform Chromium, some of the tests showed good Firefox. So where's the vaunted speed of the new Microsoft browser? It is not, as there is no full support for HTML5. Here are the results of testing browsers in the HTML5test service:

The fact that Microsoft's newly appeared product has turned out to be an outsider can only be explained by the "dampness" of the project, which at the current stage demonstrates only a vision of the direction in which the browser will develop. Representatives of the company themselves acknowledge that the work on the creation of Spartan is very far from complete: it does not have a download manager, there are no tools to view the history of visited sites and other familiar elements. All this, including support for extensions and the ability to save pages in PDF format, Microsoft programmers intend to add to the new builds of Windows 10. The main intrigue is whether Redmond gurus of coding will have time to implement the "dozens" planned for the final release, scheduled for this summer's summer .

Is it very different from its predecessor and competitors Spartan? Yes, he has a new user interface, there is new functionality. But if you look closely, it turns out that the constructive solutions implemented in the novelty are far from innovative: voice functions, search assistant, read mode, preloading of pages in the background, minimal interface – all this has long been invented and is actively used in other browsers. In fact, nothing new was invented by Microsoft. Therefore, it should not be surprising that the development of the new Internet browser of the company has gone along the path of evolution, rather than revolutionary changes.

And the last thing. Despite declarations about the rejection of the Internet Explorer brand, the company does not intend to discard and send a popular browser to the scrap – it will be included in the distribution of Windows 10, and users can optionally assign it to the browser by default. This is necessary to ensure backward compatibility – primarily in the corporate segment. So it's too early to go through the last page of IE development history.

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