Microsoft talks about IE 10 in Windows 8 Release Preview

With the launch of Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Thursday, Microsoft also offers up a new version of the Windows 8 port of Internet Explorer 10. In a new blog post on the official IE developer blog site, Microsoft goes over some of the new features that have been added to IE 10 in Windows 8.

The biggest new feature is the addition of Flash support. However, not all Flash-based websites may be able to run in IE 10. In the blog post, Microsoft goes over the requirements of which Flash sites can be supported by IE 10 with its Metro style. The post states:

For example, how responsive is the content to touch? Does it work well with the onscreen keyboard, or affect battery life? Do visual prompts comply with the Metro style user experience guidelines? Sites that rely on capabilities (e.g. rollovers and P2P functionality) that are not supported within the Metro style experience, and don’t degrade gracefully in their absence, are better off running in IE with Flash on the desktop.

Flash support will be added to WindowsRT as well as the regular Windows 8 x86 version. Touch features such as double tap and pinch to zoom will also work on Windows 8 with Flash sites that support these kinds of features.

The blog post also goes over a number of other new features and improvements in IE 10 in Windows 8. One concerns improvements with running IE 10 with low end hardware. The blog post states: " ... intensive sites now show much less flashing and flickering on low-end hardware. These improvements make IE10’s support for full screen video playback (in both HTML5 video and Adobe Flash Player) even better."

Source: Microsoft blog post | Image via Microsoft

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reaper1576 said,
Would be nice if it worked in the preview 80% of the time it doesn't launch from the desktop only from the start screen

HP DV7 laptop here and it works just fine. no problems with IE10 in metro or desktop. I also find myself more and more in the Metro IE10. I love the auto correct in IE10 its a very handy feature because I type fast but not always accurate as most times I'm not looking on the keyboard or screen because I have to pay attention to other things.

I'm not sure if any other browser has this feature but I think they all should.

Rudy said,
I think they should have left Flash out.... big mistake

FYI, Flash now supports IE10's Enhanced Protected Mode sandbox, which makes it much more secure than it is on other browsers. However Desktop IE10 still ships with the classic sandbox enabled (from IE7/vista), thus you have to enable Enhanced Protected mode manually in internet options, advanced, security.

When it's done, there is no reason to worry about flash security.

I want IE10 for Windows 7! I'm posting this on Chrome (beta), my default browser, but I'm ready to ditch it for IE again.

Chrome is nice, but in using it a lot now, I'm beginning to see its shortcomings compared to IE9.

Yep, still no new build of IE10 for win 7, guess we'll have to wait until RTM. It will surely be buggy due to the lack of public testing though.

That's all well and good but I'm still waiting for an updated IE10 beta or RC or w/e for Windows 7 since it's still my main OS till Win8 goes RTM.

GP007 said,
That's all well and good but I'm still waiting for an updated IE10 beta or RC or w/e for Windows 7 since it's still my main OS till Win8 goes RTM.

There is a video of IE10s performance over ast Microsoft News. I was actually quite impressed!

NPGMBR said,

There is a video of IE10s performance over ast Microsoft News. I was actually quite impressed!

Yeah, using it in Win8RP I can tell it's faster, but i'm not running win8rp as my main OS at this point so I'd like IE10 for Win7.