IE11 update brings performance optimizations, new developer features

Earlier this week, Microsoft released the 'August Update' for Windows 8.1 and it brought with it several new features but not all was perfect as a persistent taskbar is now showing up for some users. In addition to updates to Windows 8.1, IE11 has also been improved with a few minor enhancements that will improve your browsing experience. 

With the 'August Update' there are substantial improvements to the developer tools. The user interface, console, DOM explorer, debugger, emulation tool, UI responsiveness and memory profiling tools have all been updated with big fixes and new features as well.

When it comes to browsing, though, WebGL has been updated with support for ANGLE_instanced_arrays, OES_element_index_uint and WEBGL_debug_renderer_info extensions, the failIfMajorPerformanceCaveat context creation attribute, 16-bit textures, more GLSL conformance, and line loop and triangle fan primitives. All of these updates for WebGL means that the Conformance test 1.0.3 score has improved from 89.9% to 96.8%; in short, the browsing experience has improved.

There are also security updates included with the 'August Update' and out of date ActiveX controls from IE will be blocked as well; you can read more about the specific enhancements at the source link below.

While these might not be the most exciting updates for Internet Explorer, as Microsoft has shown, they are moving to incremental updates for all of their platforms and as they consistently update their products, over time, it creates for better experiences for the end user.

Source: Microsoft

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IE is pretty good, but theres always the haters that think IE sucks. One of my friends had me set up their new computer she doesn't even bother to use IE because "IE sucks"

_Alexander said,
Hopefully performance on neowin is better now. Surface 2 Pro is struggling rendering this site.

The real litmus test is the Huffington Post.

I still avoid upgrading at work, because I can't stand those stupid icons in the IE11 tools. I always have to guess again what I find behind which icon. Liked the textual stuff of the IE10 tools better.

Well, at some point, when I have used the IE11 tools often enough, I will know the icons by heart.
But I am not in rush to do that, because I don't want to support this icon only interface design.

Does the update to the DevTools now include a ruler and colour picker?

About the only thing I miss on the DevTools from IE 10.

Studio384 said,
The color picker is added. I couldn't find a ruler, but then again, I haven't had much time to look very good.

Thanks. Installing updates now. Look forward to using it.

There are also security updates included with the 'August Update' and out of date ActiveX controls from IE will be blocked as well; you can read more about the specific enhancements at the source link below.
No, they didn't, ActiveX blocking is coming next month. As noted in the release notes for the update.

I think I gave IE11 a fair shake today, but... just lacking in customization. Installing any significant addons was a pain and when they did, the UI got jumbled up in bars.

Did they fix the horrible reload times in Metro IE? It's usually faster to just open a new tab, enter the URL and load the page than it is to hit the back button.

icwhatudidthere said,
Did they fix the horrible reload times in Metro IE? It's usually faster to just open a new tab, enter the URL and load the page than it is to hit the back button.

I don't know, but it's almost instantaneous now on my SP3.

icwhatudidthere said,
Did they fix the horrible reload times in Metro IE? It's usually faster to just open a new tab, enter the URL and load the page than it is to hit the back button.

That really urks me with that browser!!!!

It feels a bit faster, but that might just be a placebo.
But still not there where I think it should be. It's just so stupid that they show a screenshot of your last webpage, but it is not interactive and you have to wait for the reload of that page.

icwhatudidthere said,
Did they fix the horrible reload times in Metro IE? It's usually faster to just open a new tab, enter the URL and load the page than it is to hit the back button.

Didn't seem like it. Opening a new tab still takes forever too.

xpxp2002 said,

Didn't seem like it. Opening a new tab still takes forever too.

On what hardware? It's lightning quick on anything modern.

xpxp2002 said,

Didn't seem like it. Opening a new tab still takes forever too.

Glad I'm not the only one that notices that and I'm on an almost brand new laptop. This issue started about a couple of months ago after a windows update, it seems.