Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows 10, inches closer each week. There are a lot of changes coming after the less-than-stellar reception to the launch of Windows 8 and one of the rumored additions is a new web browser, codenamed Spartan.
Spartan is rumored to be an addition to the OS, not a replacement for Internet Explorer. If you’re planning to launch a new website soon, is this future-browser about to ruin all your plans?
Well, probably not. But here are a couple things to keep in mind to make sure your new project is future-proofed for Spartan.
First, make sure your new site is developed and designed with web standards in mind. The Internet Explorer name might still carry some negative connotations, but when it earned them, IE wasn’t the best at handling web standards. Microsoft’s made some great strides with IE since then and Spartan is rumored to be built to handle web standards better than ever.
Developing and designing your website with the standards in mind is a great idea under any circumstances, of course. When there’s new technology coming down the pipeline, however, it becomes more important than ever.
Second, make sure the company you’re working with on your new site will be available and around once Spartan launches. Even if your site is designed to be 100% compliant with web standards, there are always a couple tweaks to work out once new software is available. If you don’t have an ongoing relationship with your developers, whether that’s a continuing business relationship or just the ability to reach out via e-mail, it’s quite possible you’ll find yourself fielding complaints from early adopters of Spartan without an easy way to remedy those problems.
Whether or not you’re working on a new website, Spartan has the potential to steal some of the user base of Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome. That potential is enough to make it worth keeping an eye on.
To read more about Spartan, check out Mary Jo Foley’s article for ZDNet covering all the rumors.