IE11 can have 100 tabs open without decimating your battery life

While the preview version of Windows 8.1 has gotten a lot of attention lately, there hasn't been as much media coverage of the included preview version of Internet Explorer 11. This week, Microsoft posted up a new blog entry, along with two new videos, that show off some of the new features in IE11.

The blog post, and the video above. show that IE11 on Windows 8.1 can support up to 100 open tabs at once. Microsoft says that having all of these tabs open won't take up a lot of system resources or, for notebook or tablet users, battery life. If users want to see their tabs and address bars on screen all the time, they can do so by enabling the "Always show address bar and tabs” option in Settings.

Another video shows how IE11 has been optimized to bring up web sites that their users want to quickly access. If a person types in a URL, they quickly see a list of suggested websites. Microsoft states:

These suggestions can include matching sites, deep links to various sections of sites, and even related app suggestions from the Windows Store. You can also get instant answers for the weather in your area or see the latest stock quotes by typing a stock’s ticker symbol. IE11’s relevant suggestions experience helps you go where you want, fast.

Clicking or tapping on the star button in IE11 brings up a user's favorite websites, which has been designed to use the same folders on the desktop version of IE. Users can also view two windows of IE11 side by side in Windows 8.1. The browser windows also automatically changes to a side-by-side view if you click on an email address to bring up the Mail app or launching an article from the new Reading List app.

Source: Microsoft

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Jaybonaut said,
I want to see the video of all 100 tabs running different Youtube and Netflix videos at full screen.

I do that all the time!

Northgrove said,
Sounds pretty awesome. Now I just need to find a reason to keep 100+ tabs open rather than my usual 5-20.

I always have well over 200 tabs open.

I'm pretty sure this is partially because IE (in Metro at least) suspends tabs when they're not open. It's not really a problem unless you rely on them for notifications/chat (like Gmail and Facebook).

Ambroos said,
I'm pretty sure this is partially because IE (in Metro at least) suspends tabs when they're not open. It's not really a problem unless you rely on them for notifications/chat (like Gmail and Facebook).

What about not in Metro then ?

Ambroos said,
I'm pretty sure this is partially because IE (in Metro at least) suspends tabs when they're not open. It's not really a problem unless you rely on them for notifications/chat (like Gmail and Facebook).

However, they are not fully suspended. That is the trick, as music continues to play, and content will update if the website refreshes itself.

Chrome Mobile may be one of laggiest browser, but still it has best tab management on tablets. It also has best link management with magnification on small links.

It's not about having 100 tabs open at once, it's about showing the power of IE11, and even with 100 tabs open you are not losing performance whereas if you were using another browser with multiple tabs open, there's a battery hit.

I have found IE to be fast when it works. This is my experience, having 11 tabs on Surface, IE will get stuck with the tab row open and not close . I can't even use the close gesture. After a couple of minutes, it would force close. Other times for IE 11 specifically the page would no scroll with touch or zoom by 100% when I used the pinch gesture just a small bit. Finally, for flash videos ie 10 did a great job replacing the video interface with its own modern ui video navigation , but now it doesn't which is hard to use with touch. I really like IE, but to make me recommend it, it needs more polish, and finish maybe like an extension library like chrome for the modern ui and themes!

I love when she says "perfect" during the demonstration of side by side windows. It would be great, but the whole page scales down and I can't read anything on my laptop as the fonts shrink from 10 to 5. Perfect for sure.

Umm it doesn't scale down on my machine? There is a setting for that though, but it wasn't on by default on my installation.

drlacus said,
I love when she says "perfect" during the demonstration of side by side windows. It would be great, but the whole page scales down and I can't read anything on my laptop as the fonts shrink from 10 to 5. Perfect for sure.

This has more to do with websites that are 'smarter' about their display size. Just like websites that have mobile layouts and change accordingly.

Some websites already adjust their size accordingly, but the ones that don't get resized to fit in the space as they are designed to be viewed. You can adjust the zoom level at any time if the website doesn't reformat to fit the space properly.

(On non-touch hold Ctrl and use the wheel/scroll function of your pointing device, on touch screens, pinch to zoom in/out.)

This will get better as more websites are updated to be aware of sizing changes.

(Even with Windows 8 and the 1/3 screen size, open a website like MSN.com, and snap it to the side of the screen in the smaller area. Notice how it reflows to work in the space instead of being resized?)

I'm really liking how Microsoft is giving a completely new look and feel for the browser, instead of everyone just having the same standard look. Safari, Firefox, and Chrome all look alike to me, but starting with the Metro/Modern versions of IE10 / IE11, it breaks away from past and looks + functions quite nicely.

Looking towards upgrading my desktop PC at home this weekend to Windows 8.1 Preview now.

Ummm ... that is always on tabs function. You can use the keyboard/mouse with the same way as touch. Right click will bring up the tabs, then use mouse scroll to move right and left.

srprimeaux said,
Sorry, but the UI for the tabs in keyboard/mouse mode are horrible looking (imho).

MDboyz said,
Ummm ... that is always on tabs function. You can use the keyboard/mouse with the same way as touch. Right click will bring up the tabs, then use mouse scroll to move right and left.

I'm not talking about function.

Well, I know someone that NEVER closed tabs. Maybe she had 25 open. I agree 100 is insane but some people multi-task in different ways.

Indeed. I believe that they just wanted to show that even by having multiple tabs opened, your battery life won't be impacted as much as using other browsers.

techbeck said,
Thats great and all..but how often do people have 100 tabs open.

While not 100, personally I have 18 open in my main IE10 window, plus 2 other single pinned site windows, so that's 20 IE tasks running. I've had more though, and I know people who keep even more open. The point is that you should be able to, if you have the RAM for it, without seeing a performance hit.

I don't find it out of the ordinary to have 20+ tabs open at work, especially when you need to use web apps for your job.

Browsing news sites can also result in many open tabs as you go through all the article lists and open the articles in their own tabs for viewing later.

At least I know if it works great with 100 tabs, then my relatively smaller number is going to work just as well, if not better.

Funnily enough, I have 18 open right now.

techbeck said,
Thats great and all..but how often do people have 100 tabs open.

This is more of a demonstration.

However, an argument could be made that the new nature of IE11 and how it handles website 'states' without impacting performance could allow users to essentially keep their 10-20 favorite websites open all the time.

This would move the management of 'tabs/favorites' out of the hands of users, so they no longer had to manually open and close them as they used them. (Let the browser do the work, and just keep the information live and the user should no longer need to worry about the CPU cycles or RAM the various opened tabs are consuming.)

Microsoft is trying to move the world to this way of thinking, and just the default behavior of IE11 is to remember what tabs you left open and ensure they are still available when you sign back in, or even sign into another computer.

It small step forward for a new way of thinking. Eventually the concept of 'tabs' will take on a new role that is effortless to the user.

The most annoying thing about IE:

- Open an IE window and size it how you want (but not maximum size). Play a video is fullscreen (e.g. youtube). Exit fullscreen and the window size changes every single time.

The same problem also occurs if you move a window to the left or right using that Windows 7/8 feature..

They still need to work on smoothness of moving and managing tabs. It should be seamless, effortless but it's a bit clunky for me. On my main machine, it's less noticeable but it shouldn't be so reliant on hardware for simple tab management.

j2006 said,
I'm using this IE11 on my Surface RT and it's super smooth... what are you using?

Maybe he is using real Windows.