Microsoft is aiming for the Edge rendering engine that will be used in Windows 10's "Project Spartan" web browser to be a "clean slate" compared to the older Trident engine that's available for Internet Explorer.
Jacob Rossi, the senior engineer for Microsoft's web platform team, wrote a somewhat technical article on the Edge engine for the Smashing Magazine site. He stated the current version of Internet Explorer, IE11, supports many modern web standards but its Trident engine also has to deal with legacy support for sites that use older standards. The web platform team wanted to have the Edge engine use the modern standards of IE11 without the burden of legacy issues. Rossi stated:
While Project Spartan itself is not available yet in the current 9926 preview build of Windows 10, the new Edge engine can be enabled for its version of Internet Explorer. But what about all those old web sites that might not work with Spartan and Edge? Rossi wrote:
Microsoft is currently conducting online surveys to determine the final and official name for the browser.
Source: Smashing Magazine
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