Microsoft may add 'Click to Call' feature in IE11

Microsoft's IE offices in Redmond, Washington have already switched to IE11

Alongside the release of the public preview of Windows 8.1 on Wednesday, June 26th, Microsoft will also release the first public version of Internet Explorer 11 for people who download the OS. Now there's word that IE11 will have a new feature that could make it easier to make phone calls via apps such as Skype.

In a message on the MyDigitalLife forums, Neowin forum member FaiKee posted what he claims are parts of a Windows 8.1 Preview Q&A, with the final and full version to go live on Microsoft's website on Wednesday. One clip from the alleged Q&A says that IE11 will have what Microsoft says is a "Click to Call" feature.

The extract says that when phone numbers are display on websites inside IE11, they will have links that, when clicked on, will bring up a dialing app. Microsoft says that people can set up the feature to bring up a specific dialing app in Default Program. Although we are sure Microsoft would prefer you use their own Skype program for the "Click to Call" feature, the extract does not specifically name Skype as one of the choices.

Microsoft adds that whatever program is set up for the new feature will only apply to their own user account and won't affect any other user account set up on their PC.

Thanks to FaiKee for the tip!

Source: MyDigitalLife | Image via Microsoft

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It probably has nothing to do with that, but I'd like it even more if it could be used to control a Windows Phone (or any phone, for that matter) paired to the tablet/PC via Bluetooth, like webOS used to do.

jhoff80 said,
It probably has nothing to do with that, but I'd like it even more if it could be used to control a Windows Phone (or any phone, for that matter) paired to the tablet/PC via Bluetooth, like webOS used to do.

That would be cool.

It probably pertains to the Metro IE that does not have "Click to Call", which means not at all on an RT device, not even for Skype. So this would be a welcomed addition.

wixostrix said,
It probably pertains to the Metro IE that does not have "Click to Call", which means not at all on an RT device, not even for Skype. So this would be a welcomed addition.

Yes, as the RT cannot install desktop skype which includes this feature. I probably won't use this new addon at all, but it's good to see that the option is back for people who would prefer to use it

No, this already works on RT. I've used it, and it then asks what app you'd like to launch (of course, Skype is the only app of this type that I have on there).

It must be something else...