Microsoft offers "enhanced" IE10 with Bing and MSN [Update]

Microsoft launched the first non-beta version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 earlier this week. Microsoft has already promoted the fact that their latest version of their web browser is faster and supports more web standards than the older IE9.

But if you really want to go all out and get the full "enhanced" Microsoft experience, the Bing team has created a special version of IE10 that you can download right now. This version sets Bing as the default search engine on the web browser and also puts Microsoft's MSN.com as its main home page.

Of course, you can just go in and reset the defaults on this "enhanced" version of IE10 so that some other search engine (maybe one that starts with the letter "G") handles your web searching needs. You can also change the default home page to something else other than MSN.com after you install it as well.

Still, if you really love Bing and really love MSN, than this is the version of IE10 to download rather than the "non-enhanced" version (yes, that's how they refer to it on the download page).

Update: As Neowin reader "GreatMarkO" points out, this version of IE10 also has a Bing/MSN title bar that can only be changed by going into the Windows registry. "You'll want to change back the 'Window Title' setting under HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\ back to just 'Internet Explorer'"

Source: Bing blog | Image via Microsoft

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Still don't understand why Microsoft still does these enhanced versions, this isn't Windows 98 anymore haha

Because considering that any other service provider that ALSO offers services or has agreements to do same uses the IEAK to hardcode THEIR recommendations (such as Yahoo and AOL)? If others do it, why SHOULDN'T Microsoft do the same? (And, as has been pointed out, you can always opt-out - which has ALWAYS been the case.) Sheesh.

Two points:

1) This version of IE10 with Bing and MSN was available on Tuesday at the same time IE10 was released, and is actually the default download offered for IE10 via beautyoftheweb.com (You'll need to untick the "I would also like Bing and MSN defaults" box before downloading if you DON'T want this version)

2) You can't just simply change the the start page and search engine back to restore a "normal" IE10, you'll also need to make a small registry change, as the Bing/MSN edition also changes the title bar of IE!
You'll want to change back the "Window Title" setting under HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\ back to just "Internet Explorer"

I installed the "plain" version, just curious about (2), does the setting make any difference?

I know that previous versions of IE showed the title very prominently, but since IE9, there's no sign of the title being shown anywhere in the main UI (maybe it's only in the about box or something), so I wonder what the difference is (if any) in the Bing-customized IE10?

Isn't the title displayed as a tooltip on the taskbar icon? That's probably where.

The custom title bar thing is the same thing that's been used in IE since IE on Windows 95.

testman said,
Isn't the title displayed as a tooltip on the taskbar icon? That's probably where.

That's Correct! ...it's also shown on the Switcher if you Alt+Tab between windows

Maybe they release also a "lite" version, with homepage set to "about:blank", stripped of MSN **** and with Google set as default.
I'd take it to this "enhanced" version everyday.

I don't really understand. At first launch of IE in Windows 7, it already suggests those settings. You get to go through this wizard with the Microsoft-oriented recommended settings. If you now upgrade to IE 10, the user's chosen settings are preserved.

This version only sounds like a good idea to force settings that a user didn't intend to use, but why would you want to do that.

Northgrove said,
I don't really understand. At first launch of IE in Windows 7, it already suggests those settings. You get to go through this wizard with the Microsoft-oriented recommended settings. If you now upgrade to IE 10, the user's chosen settings are preserved.

This version only sounds like a good idea to force settings that a user didn't intend to use, but why would you want to do that.


You already gave the answer. They want users, who made a choice long time ago, to give a second chance to make the selection. Hoping this time they will choose bing/msn...
Not a very attractive promotion for people like us, but many people will fall for it and have bing/msn as standard setting.

Microsoft is just a company in delusion.. with all the money they are losing on Bing you would have thought they will do more to let more people use it rather than put up barriers. This is such a poorly run company.

So.... When you graduate from college, you could try to see if they will hire you.
I think Balmer will love to hear what you will do with the company.....

Ignore the hyperbole stating that it's an "enhanced version". It's simply a (incredibly lightly) customised version of the sort they've been doing for yeeeeeeeears, simply to promote their service more than anything.

Though I'd be more impressed if they actually did a bit more than use the IEAK to add a few links and have a default homepage - they should do what some developers (such as Maxthon) do and have a far more customised version of a browser that continued to use the Trident engine (is MSN Explorer still being developed?).

No doubt it will come with embedded ads featuring grinning 'users'. Welcome to the future O Windows 7 users.
Those of us using Windows 8 are already a few streets ahead in the pain and suffering leagues.

'And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the Number of his name' Just thought I'd remind you all.