IE11 to include tab syncing

With the leak of Windows Blue build 9364, an early build of Internet Explorer 11 was also bundled with the leak that gives us the general direction of the next installment of the browser. One of the new features spotted in the leak is the inclusion of synced tabs.

What are synced tabs? Well, if you are on one machine and switch to another, using synced tabs, you could bring your browsing experience with you. It should be noted that this is not a new feature as Chrome, Firefox and Safari currently offer this feature.

It would make sense that Microsoft would introduce this feature on Windows Phone as well so that when you are browsing on your phone, you could switch to your PC and continue what you were doing on your mobile device.

Windows 8 currently already allows you to sync many items including your preferences using your Windows ID. The addition of tab syncing will be a welcome edition with IE 11 and will help to close the feature parity gap between IE and its competitors. 

Via: WMPoweruser

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Synching current IE tabs across machines...ok. What about the same machine? I mean, will it sync between metro-IE and desktop-IE?

The one feature I wish for more than any other, is a simple gesture or command to get instantly to the top or bottom of very long pages. Especially on the Surface, it's VERY tedious to have to try and drag yourself to the top or bottom of a page by swiping madly. It's impossible to grab the scroll-bars with touch in Metro, so this seems to be your only option, and it's really, really painful. A usability nightmare for pages that are very long (like, you know, Facebook, among a great many others).

Using Semantic Zoom here would seem an obvious feature... pinch below a given threshold, and it zooms all the way out to show the entire page (as so far loaded for 'continuing infinite pages'), allowing you to easily touch the top or bottom to quickly zip there.. or anywhere in the middle if you want.

Safari on iOS has a "touch the status bar to zoom to the top" that is quite useful... a Semantic Zoom option in IE (across all platforms... WP8/Win8/WinRT, both desktop & metro/modern) would run rings around that feature in other browser, imho. And it's DESPERATELY needed.

It would make sense that Microsoft would introduce this feature on Windows Phone as well so that when you are browsing on your phone, you could switch to your PC and continue what you were doing on your mobile device.

It makes sense for them to integrate IE in Windows 8 with IE in WP8 but they haven't shown any signs that they intend to do that yet. For instance, it amazes me that Favourites are synchronised between Win8 devices but not WP8 devices that use the same MS account. That would have been such an easy win.

MtnDewCodeRedFreak said,
Nice! The real question is .... will IE11 be avail on Win 7 (and 8)?

Presumably so, as long as Win 7 is supported until Jan 2015 (extended until Jan 2020).

Yeah, Windows 7 should get IE11 (Fall 2013) and probably IE12 (Fall 2014)... would be my guess.

I'm honestly doubting it as for Windows 7. Microsoft has been aggressively pushing Windows 8 to uh, "encourage" user adoption. Windows 7 had to wait quite a while for IE 10 to appear.

With Windows "Blue", I think Microsoft will begin the "sunsetting" of Windows 7 and take earlier and definite measures for this to avoid the problem where organizations reach a Windows 7 culture like what happened with XP. Microsoft must hate what happened with XP. Talk about competing with yourselves, jeez.

What about bookmark? Its embarrassing that ie doesnt have that. Bookmark syncing and a decent adblocker are absolute necessities if ms wants users back.

S3P€hR said,
What about bookmark? Its embarrassing that ie doesnt have that. Bookmark syncing and a decent adblocker are absolute necessities if ms wants users back.
Bookmarks are synced since IE10, there is a build in AdBlocker since IE9!

TPLs are good but they're not perfect. If you gave me the choice between TPLs and AdBlock Plus I'd pick ABP every time. I had no idea that YouTube subjected users to so many ads before I started using IE on my Surface.

S3P€hR said,
What about bookmark? Its embarrassing that ie doesnt have that. Bookmark syncing and a decent adblocker are absolute necessities if ms wants users back.

I want bookmark syncing between Win 8 and WP8 devices. Can't believe this isn't already there!

S3P€hR said,
What about bookmark? Its embarrassing that ie doesnt have that. Bookmark syncing and a decent adblocker are absolute necessities if ms wants users back.

Bookmark syncing is an IE10 feature. O.o
Don't know what you've been smoking.

jakem1 said,
TPLs are good but they're not perfect. If you gave me the choice between TPLs and AdBlock Plus I'd pick ABP every time. I had no idea that YouTube subjected users to so many ads before I started using IE on my Surface.
If you get a router that can do content filtering or a secure gateway youll never need to install software on any client and it will work on windows phone.

Shadowzz said,

Tracking Protection was implemented with IE7 already.

IE8 actually, and it was not based on predefined lists, but detection of often used 3rd party domains.

jakem1 said,
...I had no idea that YouTube subjected users to so many ads before I started using IE on my Surface.

My ageing dlink DIR-615 has a website filter list. Just by putting googlesyndication.com and doubleclick.net in the list has made at least 50%-70% of ads disappear - that goes for all my devices (Surface RT, WP and a PCs).

If your router doesn't have website filter, you can edit the etc/hosts file to include websites or IP-addresses of ad servers to block. But that will only block ads on the device that holds the etc/host file. So you'd be out of luck on a WP device in that regard.

If you know your CSS, you can make a custom style sheet to block general stuff (or style content) on websites, and load the sheet in Internet Explorer as a custom stylesheet under Accessability settings.

One caveat: your custom CSS rules will be applied to all sites you visit. IE does not support the @document rule like Firefox does, which would allow you to "section" your CSS site-wise (what the Stylish addon in Firefox does). @document has been postponed to CSS4 by the W3C working group but Firefox has inplemented the CSS rule long ago anyway.

Finally, you can use tracking protection lists to block ads.

Cheers!

Edited by heimlich, Mar 24 2013, 10:28pm :

jakem1 said,
TPLs are good but they're not perfect. If you gave me the choice between TPLs and AdBlock Plus I'd pick ABP every time. I had no idea that YouTube subjected users to so many ads before I started using IE on my Surface.

This. Other browsers have decent working adblock solutions except IE. TPLs aren't perfect and aren't able to automatically collapse blank ad containers - and they can't handle some Flash ads.

The one solution that was close to perfect was Adblockie.

IE does look pretty good these days, but still no Apps/Extensions right?

Having been a long time Firefox/Chrome user, i can't do without some of those.

Walrush said,
IE does look pretty good these days, but still no Apps/Extensions right?

Having been a long time Firefox/Chrome user, i can't do without some of those.

extensions and addons are a thing of the past.
IE always had support for addons (BHO). Now Microsoft is trying to build a more secure platform, deprecating addons support in metro IE was a good thing.

you can't build a secure, locked down platform like windows RT on one side, and let the user run potentially malicious browser extensions on the other side.
that wouldn't make any sense. Malwares developers would just move from the desktop, to whatever execution environment the browser would provide.

link8506 said,

extensions and addons are a thing of the past.
IE always had support for addons (BHO). Now Microsoft is trying to build a more secure platform, deprecating addons support in metro IE was a good thing.

you can't build a secure, locked down platform like windows RT on one side, and let the user run potentially malicious browser extensions on the other side.
that wouldn't make any sense. Malwares developers would just move from the desktop, to whatever execution environment the browser would provide.


Chrome runs its extensions inside the browser sandbox.

So any extensions in Google Chrome are as secure as the Javascript on websites you browse to, such as this one here at Neowin. Even more, the browser will inform you of everything it wants to get access to via the Extension API.

I've never really heard of an approved, malicious Chrome extension that broke the sandbox and I don't really think this argument holds any water with good extension architecture. The problem with horrors like BHO and ActiveX is that they used brain dead and typical pre-Windows XP SP2 era designs.

Edited by Northgrove, Mar 25 2013, 8:14am :

leoberto said,
How does IE11 performs in html5test.com?

who cares about this crappy site?
it doesn't test standard compliance, it just enumerates features (including those that are not standardized) that a browser claims to implement.

definitely not a good way to measure the quality of standards support in a web browser.

It doesn't represent anything. However IE11 has made an improvement of 3 points. However, on css3test.com, it's 4% higher than IE10. So there are small improvements made. Don't start yelling, first of all HTML5test doesn't test if it's actualy good implementated. And ofcourse, we are on a M1 build of IE11 right now, there is a lot more to come.

Another interesting thing about IE11 is the new default user agent, according to this screenshot:
http://www.microsoftcollection...nglish/Pro/Screen%20109.png

it looks like MS wants IE11 to appear as Firefox to websites that practice user agent sniffing, to avoid being served IE6-era CSS hacks.

they replaced the string MSIE with just IE (a lot of websites look for the presence of the string MSIE to determine whether to serve IE6 CSS hacks)

and at the end of the string, they added the string "like gecko", so that IE receives the same content from websites serving standard compliant content to gecko-based browsers (if the site looks for the string gecko in the UA).

the consequence of this decision is mixed.
that may cause compatibility issues (which can easily be solved by enabling compatibility mode), but that should also make poorly coded websites (serving old unnecessary CSS hacks to IE9+) to render better in IE11 (and faster too).

Indeed that is interesting. It looks like we might see a repeat of the Mozilla UA-string shenanigans. If MS are looking to eliminate IE-specific hacks, are they still supporting conditional comments in HTML?

Majesticmerc said,
Indeed that is interesting. It looks like we might see a repeat of the Mozilla UA-string shenanigans. If MS are looking to eliminate IE-specific hacks, are they still supporting conditional comments in HTML?

Support for conditional comments has been removed in Internet Explorer 10 standards and quirks modes for improved interoperability and compliance with HTML5. This means that Conditional Comments are now treated as regular comments, just like in other browsers. This change can impact pages written exclusively for Windows Internet Explorer or pages that use browser sniffing to alter their behavior in Internet Explorer.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u...y/ie/hh801214(v=vs.85).aspx

Feature that Safari has had for a while, and it's very useful. Especially good given then range of devices that will run Windows Blue (PCs, Surface, smartphones)

Chrome and Firefox have too. I figured that Synchronised tabs would have been something that MS would bring with IE10 and the Microsoft Accounts. Good to see it incoming though

BajiRav said,
It would be more useful if they synced it with the phone and mot just PCs.

Well, this is a feature of IE11 in Windows Blue... probably a feature of IE11 in Windows Phone 8.5/Blue to be released simultaneously.