Microsoft's Joe Belfiore announced that Microsoft's new browser for Windows 10, Microsoft Edge (formerly Project Spartan), can use browser extensions from Chrome and Firefox. While it is evident that Windows 10 will support code from Android and iOS to help boost Windows 10 apps, this new development for Microsoft Edge will help Windows 10 compete with other platforms to create a better overall user experience.
While Microsoft has made it clear that Internet Explorer is the browser of the past, Microsoft Edge is clearly the browser meant for the future and an excellent compliment to Windows 10. Personally, I love everything Microsoft, except for Internet Explorer. It was often bogged down with extra features that I didn't want or need. Instead, I used Google Chrome for all of my browser needs. Project Spartan changed everything for me. I am not too savvy on the name change from Project Spartan to Microsoft Edge, but if all things go as Microsoft envisions, it may be as Belfiore believes "a browser that end users will think about for getting things done."
With Microsoft Edge building support for extensions people already use on Chrome and Firefox, Microsoft will likely have a browser that is a game-changer. Belfiore has not gone into much detail on how users will be able to install the extensions for Chrome and Firefox into Microsoft Edge, but he did indicate that the extensions will live within Edge's browser.
Hopefully, in the next day or so Belfiore will go into further detail on how Chrome and Firefox browser extensions can be used within Microsoft Edge. Stay tuned to WinBeta for more information as this story develops.