Microsoft goes over the highlights of IE11 on Windows 8.1

As the launch of Windows 8.1 gets closer and closer to its official October 18th introduction, Microsoft continues to give the general public a better look at what the OS update will bring to PC owners. This week, the company released an overview of what Windows 8.1 will have in terms of supporting Internet Explorer 11.

Microsoft's blog post goes over much of what has been revealed before about IE11, including the fact that it now supports WebGL for GPU accelerated web graphics such as the image above, which depicts the Mount Everest region of the world in full 3D. It can also have up to 100 tabs open without draining performance or the battery life on a notebook PC.

One new feature that perhaps has not gotten as much attention is the fact that IE11 allows Windows 8.1 users to pin websites to the Start screen with Live tiles. The blog states:

With Windows 8.1, your pinned sites can now be alive with activity, pulling data directly from the website's RSS feed so your Start screen is updated with the latest posts, scores or stocks – information from the Web right on your Start screen.

Web sites can actually put in some extra code quickly that's generated via a browser wizard so that when users create their own Live tiles with IE11 in Windows 8.1, they will get the full effect.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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Both has to create an app for the ecosystem for that to happen. If you just pin a link to FB and Neowin, it will be a static title on the start screen.

The People App from Microsoft can update its tile with information from your social media since it has a connector for FB, Twitter, and such.

No they don't have to create an app for it.
It is all done by meta tags on a site. I use it for one of my sites.

<meta name="msapplication-badge" content="frequency=30; polling-uri="/>;

Can't wait to being able to use a background image... With PHP's GD library... possibilities are endless

All people have to do is pin a site to the start screen. (another big + for start screen vs start menu! )

Oh yes, much better than for Win8 itself. Where you can only show an icon(1 out of 5 or something) and/or numbers.
Been wanting to use this on a few things for a long time Finally can make a website completely act like an app