Internet Explorer 12 will include "substantial changes to the UI"

Not the new Internet Explorer. Pretty picture though.

Internet Explorer 12 may bring substantial UI changes. At least, that’s what a response from the IE team is hinting at, but nothing has been shown off publicly just yet.

Answering a query from a user on Microsoft Connect, someone on the IE team responded to a bug report by saying “Thanks for the feedback. We're making substantial changes to the UI, we'll keep this in mind. Best Regards, The Internet Explorer Team.”

This definitely sounds like the team is looking to change things around in IE vNext. What isn’t clear though, is which version of IE will actually get these changes. We’ve seen quite a few UI alterations in the latest version of Modern IE; however, the desktop browser has pretty much stayed the same for a number of years now - and with its simple and clean interface, we can't see too much that needs changing.

Some UI improvements would definitely help here

Firefox, one of IE’s greatest rivals, has gone through some major UI changes recently so it’s not a stretch to think the Internet Explorer team is also looking to refresh their browser. Then again this might be limited to the modern/metro IE which can be a bit confusing, especially for new users.

On top of these rumored changes we know for sure that Microsoft is looking to add new features like Web Audio, Media Capture, and HTTP/2 support. All of these are confirmed as being present in the next version of IE. For a more extensive list on upcoming features you can check out this list.

Source: Microsoft Connect  via: WinBeta | Top image via Microsoft

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elenarie said,

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Thanks, never thought to do that actually. I do run a simple http from home so I'm going to look into that for sure :)
Still would be nice if it would be manageable from within IE :)

The only thing that I'm really missing, is a "View by last visited" option in history that goes back to when I cleared it last time.

"View by order visited today" isn't adequate at all and "View by date" is horrible.

For those of us who cannot install IE11, because the update fails (which seems to be a widespread problem), will IE 12 be any better? [MS sometimes indicates a corrupted or missing file, BUT, is not smart enough to tell the user which file is corrupt or missing. How can one fix the problem not knowing the file causing the problem?]

Hopefully they'll improve it on both. Though I genuinely find touch browsing in Modern IE to be a much more pleasant and natural experience than Safari on iPad and Chrome/Friefox/Opera on my Nexus.

Still, there are places that could be improved quite a bit. Especially the desktop version, which (even with it's slight update with IE10) really feels a bit old now, and the options on the right side still seem confusing and undiscoverable.

Looking forward to it, though will we see it this year? Or with Windows 9 next year?

We already know that they're working to make Metro apps run in individual Windows on the Desktop (supposedly due in either Update 2 or Win9).

If that's what they're planning to do, it doesn't really make sense to have 2 separate versions of IE anymore. I predict there will no longer be separate Desktop and Metro versions of IE and it will be one, full-featured Metro app that you can choose to run in a window on the desktop.

I really don't care if the tab system can somehow make 100 tabs useful. Close some tabs or deal with your own created problems... none of them do that well.

1. Paste -> Go
2. Context menu "copy image url"

Support more standards and I'm golden. Everything else about it is great.

MrHumpty said,

1. Paste -> Go

Right-click on an empty space on the page and then either:
1. "Search using copied text" or
2. "Go to copied address".

MrHumpty said,
2. Context menu "copy image url"

Right click on the image and just click copy. It'll get the image address.

eddman said,
Right-click on an empty space on the page and then either:
1. "Search using copied text" or
2. "Go to copied address".
Hmm, I had never seen that
eddman said,
Right click on the image and just click copy. It'll get the image address.
Sweet mother of god when did that start happening?

Internet Explorer provides multiple formats when pasting an image you have copied from it.

If you paste into Paint then you'll get the image.

If you paste into Notepad then you'll get the URL.

DonC said,
Internet Explorer provides multiple formats when pasting an image you have copied from it.

If you paste into Paint then you'll get the image.

If you paste into Notepad then you'll get the URL.

Yea, once he said it I realized they were just using both the data and the text buckets of the clipboard. I should have tested that. I'm wondering when that started... have I been a moron for a short or long while. Wish there was some ui queue that was the case I guess.

I'd seriously consider using IE..but until it gets Pinned Tabs (not the Pinned Sites feature) and a proper Add-Ons ecosystem then it's a no-go option.

When you have both modern and normal versions of IE running on the desktop in Windows 9, does it make sense to have both?

Whilst as a web developer IE is the bane of my existence, they really are doing an great job now, IE 11 is a really great browser. But i do like the look of chrome/firefox better, IE just seems so...plain, which suits some I guess, but me who spends most the day in a browser, its needs a little more flair.

Make desktop IE and metro IE share the same profiles and settings FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.

Honestly I think IE Metro looks great but yeah it could use a few improvements. Would like to see improvements to the IE Desktop UI as well. I wouldn't mind a chromeless desktop IE. Safari on OSX Yosemite sort of leapfrogged everything.

Why won't MS make a UI for Metro/tablets and another UI for laptops/desktops? "One size fits all" in any setting never has and never will work.

I'm hoping that Windows 9 will have a single version of Internet Explorer and that the "substantial changes to the UI" is the process of making that happen.

The article starts with:
Internet Explorer 12 will include "substantial changes to the UI"

Then shifts to less certain:
Internet Explorer 12 may bring substantial UI changes.

To actually stating "we don't have a clue"
What isn't clear though, is which version of IE will actually get these changes.


How do these articles make it through quality control? What a joke! :laugh:

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