More info on Internet Explorer 10 in Windows Phone 8

The latest incarnation of Microsoft’s mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8, runs Internet Explorer 10, and while IE has always had a pretty bad rap most critics agree IE 10 is a very good browser, including our very own Tim Schiesser.

The folks over at Microsoft’s Windows Phone Blog, have posted some more info on the mobile browser. There isn’t anything new mentioned but there are some explanations on how the team got to certain features and why they added the features that they did.

First of all the blog post dives into the design of the browser, touting its ability to show more of a webpage by hiding certain features in the “More” -three-dotted button. Then they talk about the new customizable button which can display Refresh, Tabs or Favorites depending on the user’s choice. The “Find on page” feature also makes a comeback after it was left out in Mango. Plus, the team notes, it’s now faster and more robust.

Internet Explorer 10 also brings more ways to share content integrating with Microsoft’s Smartglass for easy sharing to an Xbox as well as easily sharing links through Tap + Send on NFC enabled devices. On top of this the browser also comes with some added security using SmartScreen Filter to protect users against phishing attacks.

And lastly IE10 now has a backup ability which saves your Settings and Favorites in the cloud in case anything goes wrong with your phone. So when you get a new phone you still have all your info.

Throughout the whole article the Windows Phone Team stresses that most of these changes came not only as a natural evolution of the product but due to user feedback, which is still greatly appreciated. If you’d like to get in touch and give them your suggestions you can do so here. And be sure to check the source link below if you want a bit more info on the new browser.

Source: Windows Phone Blog | Images via Windows Phone blog

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LightEco said,
But no in-private mode. Why?

This was something I was missing as well. I guess I'll do most of my gift shopping from my computer this year.

LightEco said,
But no in-private mode. Why?

IE10 Mobile doesn't need private mode. It has bigger problems, like getting mobile page developers to treat the browser like an HTML5-capable webkit browser. IE Mobile still gets WAP pages. It's horrible and reason #2 why I sold my Lumia 920 days after I got it.

seebaran said,

IE10 Mobile doesn't need private mode. It has bigger problems, like getting mobile page developers to treat the browser like an HTML5-capable webkit browser. IE Mobile still gets WAP pages. It's horrible and reason #2 why I sold my Lumia 920 days after I got it.

Disgusting. I haven't come across that yet, thankfully.

NeoTrunks said,

This was something I was missing as well. I guess I'll do most of my gift shopping from my computer this year.


LOL. "gift shopping"

Shadowzz said,

Login with your MS account and IE syncs to the cloud.

I mean does it sync between desktop(Windows 8) and phone(WP8)?

It's performance on my 8X is solid. They did a good job with it and I hope the core changes mean they can update it just like any other app going forward. Hell if the rumors of Windows Blue are true we could also see a updated IE again soon.

ingramator said,
I really like the WP8 IE10 version, its clean, fast and smart! Well done WP team!

And doesn't have forward button
And doesn't support passwords
And doesn't properly support text reflow
And can't have more than one button in the taskbar

Minus all this, yes, it's an okay web browser

FoxieFoxie said,

And doesn't have forward button
And doesn't support passwords
And doesn't properly support text reflow
And can't have more than one button in the taskbar

Minus all this, yes, it's an okay web browser

Reflow of text is a patent by HTC and though I struggld when I moved from HTC I got used to it. I'd love to have it back and I agree the other settings would be nice to have but of all of the ones you suggested find on page trumps them all for me so well done MS.

If you want to see you features then post them at the link provided as they stated most of these were based on the highest requests from users.

as147 said,

Reflow of text is a patent by HTC and though I struggld when I moved from HTC I got used to it. I'd love to have it back and I agree the other settings would be nice to have but of all of the ones you suggested find on page trumps them all for me so well done MS.

If you want to see you features then post them at the link provided as they stated most of these were based on the highest requests from users.

Any proof that it is an HTC patent? The first browser I used that had text reflow was Opera Mobile way back before the iPhone and Android even existed. It is still supported by all Opera Mobile versions and even the Browser built into Android natively (at least in 4.1).

LogicalApex said,

Any proof that it is an HTC patent? The first browser I used that had text reflow was Opera Mobile way back before the iPhone and Android even existed. It is still supported by all Opera Mobile versions and even the Browser built into Android natively (at least in 4.1).

this article is from roughly 3 years ago:
http://wmpoweruser.com/does-htc-own-web-page-reflowing/

and I've seen other publications (just don't remember from where) that said HTC owns said patent. in anycase I'm sure just a little bing search or google search can point you to the right place. I mean, if you have time to type all that reply asking for proof I'm sure you can just go look on one of those search engines and find the answer yourself. it's not hard to find.

I used to use opera mobile too all the time back in the windows mobile good days (my htc athena 7501 was a lovely device), and yes opera had text reflow and no other browser did. I originally thought it was an opera patent but on farther inspection we found out that opera actually licensed it from HTC (HTC was just a regular ODM at the time). anyways, just do a little search in any search engine and I'm sure you'll find your answer.

FoxieFoxie said,

And doesn't support passwords

What is this supposed to mean? Also, I have probably only clicked a forwards button once or twice ever.

FoxieFoxie said,

And doesn't have forward button
And doesn't support passwords
And doesn't properly support text reflow
And can't have more than one button in the taskbar

Minus all this, yes, it's an okay web browser


*app bar

Anyway, I find IE10 on WP8 faster than the default browser/chrome on android. I'm sure many others would agree with me.