Microsoft’s announcement of a new browser, codenamed ‘Spartan’, is a major step forward for the software giant. Long has their proprietary browser, Internet Explorer, lagged behind the more contemporary offerings available from developers such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. With Spartan, Microsoft is (some might say finally!) looking to offer a diverse set of features that rival the most intuitive web browsers of today.

But despite speculation to the contrary, the unveiling of Spartan does not represent a death knell for the long-running Internet Explorer. In fact, Microsoft announced Spartan and Internet Explorer 11 will launch concurrently with the newest version of Windows. Whether each system will ship with two installed browsers, or how the feature set is split between the two browsers remains to be seen. For now, we know Spartan is expected to include the modern bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from our Internet browsers, along with a few brand new features. As per recent announcements, Spartan is set to offer the ability to annotate web pages, a distraction-free reading mode, and integration with Microsoft’s Cortana, for “finding and doing things online faster.” In a feature inspired by their newest gaming console, the Xbox One, Microsoft’s Spartan also boasts a bevy of new input features. In addition to your tried-and-true keyboard and mouse navigation, Spartan allows touch, gesture, and voice control for a more flexible, intuitive experience. And the addition of extensions, or third-party developed widgets that expand the native functionality of the browser, will make sure Spartan is both customizable and endlessly adaptable to suit the needs and demands of users.

To establish ongoing parity between Microsoft’s newest browser and its competitors, Microsoft is wisely classifying Spartan as an app, meaning the browser can be updated individually through the Microsoft Store, and doesn’t require a unilateral system update to implement bug fixes and new features. With the ability to rollout constant updates through their Store, expect Microsoft to continue to push the feature list of Spartan forward in the months and years after release. For now, Spartan is still under development, and Microsoft declined to release a demo along with the Technical Preview of Windows 10. But for loyal users who have long been frustrated by the limitations of Internet Explorer, Spartan represents an exciting, and anticipated step forward.