In the past, Microsoft kept its Internet Explorer browser locked down tightly under its control, but that doesn't appear to be the case with its soon-to-be-released new browser, currently codenamed Project Spartan. According to the company, it partnered with software maker Adobe, which improved the handling of layout, typography, graphic design and motion in Project Spartan. Some of those improvements, such as support for blend modes, have also been integrated into IE.
"We've talked often about our goal to bring the team and technologies behind our web platform closer to the community of developers and other vendors who are also working to move the web forward," said Bogdan Brinza, program manager with Project Spartan. "In the same spirit of openness, we've been making changes internally to allow other major web entities to contribute to the growth of our platform, as well as to allow our team to give back to the web."