Windows 8: A look at Internet Explorer 10

Microsoft announced Windows 8 developer preview build 8102 this morning, and with that comes the next major release of Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer 10 will be much more than just a browser, but play a major role in the backend support for Metro start screen.

IE10 will play a big role in not only the desktop experience, but the metro UI. The big noticeable difference in IE10 would be the new Metro UI browsing experience. Tablet users will be able surf the Internet with a skinned version of Internet Explorer 10, what many used to call ‘Immersive Browser’.

The mobile version, or Metro Internet Explorer, is optimized for your tablet with a swipe down tab bar, displaying all of your opened tabs, easy to open and close with the touch of your finger.

The swipe up or down experience will show the address bar with back and forth buttons, refresh page, pin the current website to your start screen and find on page / use desktop view button.

The Metro Internet Explorer 10 browser includes a start screen for quick access to your frequent websites and pinned websites. The start screen displays when the user opens a new tab, or starts up the browser without any saved tabs.

Like other Metro applications, Internet Explorer 10 can be used in a full screen mode, allowing for full screen browsing.

As Internet Explorer 10 is still under heavy development and there will likely be many changes coming to the desktop version of the browser, while the Metro interface appears to be pretty much complete.

Windows 8's desktop version of Internet Explorer 10 is very much similar to that of IE9. Aside from the new build number, the browser appears to be that of the IE10 test drive Platform Preview 2.

Microsoft appears to be putting all their primacy focus on the backend of Internet Explorer 10 and the Metro browser, but it is headed in the right direction for tablet users to get the full browser experience with HTML5 and CSS3.

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