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'Microsoft Edge' will replace Internet Explorer

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(CNN) At its Build developers conference in San Francisco, Microsoft said Wednesday the browser will replace Internet Explorer when Windows 10 debuts later this year. It was previously known as "Project Spartan.''

Edge will use an "e" icon similar to the one Internet Explorer has used since 1996. Microsoft operating systems chief Joe Belfiore noted that the "e" icon "now has a completely different and better meaning than it has for a while."

Unlike Internet Explorer, Edge will support modern browser functions, such as extensions. Microsoft showed off Edge extensions for the first time Wednesday, so it's definitely starting way behind rival browsers Chrome and Firefox.

But Belfiore claimed that it would be extremely easy to build apps and extensions -- an app on Chrome could easily work on Edge with "virtually no work" and just a few tweaks.

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