Sam Sanders, NPR
(NPR.com)—Clippy will soon get a roommate in Microsoft heaven or hell, depending on your perspective. This week, Microsoft announced that it will phase out Internet Explorer, its much-maligned Web browser, beginning with Windows 10.
The news came at the Microsoft Convergence conference this week, where marketing chief Chris Capossela announced IE’s replacement: Project Spartan.
That’s still a code name and will likely change, but there are some things about Spartan that seem to be already set in stone. It will come with a personal Web assistant called Cortana, a special reading mode, a more streamlined layout and new annotation tools that work with keyboards or pens.